Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Louisiana may wait another year for Medicaid overhaul

The Associated Press has reported that Louisiana may have to wait another year for a Medicaid overhaul. The State Secretary of Health, Bruce Greenstein, believes that the plan to coordinate private insurers within the Medicaid system would improve patient health care and save money. Whether the overhaul should include private insurers is being debated. Health care providers are not currently on the same page; they propose an alternative plan that does not include private insurers.

Baton Rouge sources reported that Secretary Greenstein stated that the state-level leaders including Governor Jindal will keep pressing their plan. The state wants to permit private insurance companies to engage in management responsibilities via the Louisiana Medicaid program.

If the “coordinated care” plan, as it has been referred to, meets expectations - it will cover women and children primarily, and about 800,000 of the 1.2 million citizens receiving Medicaid.

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