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State working on privatization for long-term care

3 years 7 months 2 weeks ago October 08, 2013 Oct 8, 2013 Tuesday, October 08 2013 October 08, 2013 7:22 AM in News

BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is planning to privatize the state's long-term care programs for the elderly and developmentally disabled.

Efforts are getting underway to change the way those Medicaid programs are handled.

Companies interested in the work already are trying to line up providers to be part of their care networks.

But Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert says no decisions have been made on the direction the privatization initiative would go. She says the health department did not initiate the private company activity.

The Jindal administration has moved two-thirds of Medicaid program recipients into private insurance entities, as well as its behavioral health services. Services for the elderly and disabled are the final large piece of Louisiana's $7 billion Medicaid program to be privatized.

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