Lawmaker: New Louisiana hospitals deal could cost state more
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state lawmaker is raising concerns that a deal to transfer management of the state-owned safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana could cost the state an extra $40 million a year.
Erath Republican Rep. Blake Miguez, a House budget committee member, wrote Gov. John Bel Edwards seeking more information about the contract, which hasn't been completed.
Miguez says he's heard that Southeast Louisiana-based Ochsner Health System wants $291 million annually to take over day-to-day oversight of the Shreveport and Monroe facilities. Miguez says that's $40 million more than BRF has been paid to manage the hospitals.
Edwards' office wouldn't say Friday whether the deal is expected to cost more. Spokesman Richard Carbo said negotiations are ongoing and lawmakers will receive a "full public presentation" before the agreement is done.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Officials to update locals with more on rollout of J&J vaccine in...
Analysis: How effective is Johnson & Johnson's new COVID vaccine?
Sunday Journal- Lent at St. Joseph Cathedral
State officials push African-American community to get vaccinated in Ascension Parish
BRG to receive largest Pfizer vaccine shipment this week