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Jindal won't seek to follow Arkansas on Medicaid

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BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's private hospitals are supporting the expansion of the state Medicaid program under the federal health care law.

The Louisiana Hospital Association's announcement Tuesday puts the organization at odds with Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposes the expansion.

The announcement comes the same day the Jindal administration said it won't seek to replicate the private insurance Medicaid expansion model under debate in Arkansas, despite requests from state lawmakers to consider it.

Arkansas has asked federal officials to let it use the Medicaid money to buy private insurance policies, and the Obama administration is working with the state on that idea.

Jindal's interim health secretary, Kathy Kliebert, says the federal guidelines outlined for the Arkansas proposal don't offer enough flexibility and still leave too much uncertainty about future federal financing and regulations.


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