Governor Jindal intends to cut the budget to try and prepare for the projected budget shortfall. In Jindal’s budget cut breakdown the Department of Health and Hospitals will have the largest cuts, totaling a $118,070,508 decrease. The largest cut within the department is referred to as means of financing, which is estimated to be cut by $17,544,028. Other means that have been proposed to help cut the DHH budget are delaying new programs, shifting work to other entities, and reducing utilization.
A specific impact that DHH budget cuts will have are limited prescriptions for Medicaid participants. As stated by Secretary Levine, Medicaid participants will be covered for five prescriptions per month, as compared to the eight they were allowed previous to the cuts. For more information on the Louisiana budget cuts go to: http://www.gov.state.la.us/assets/12-30-08-CUTS_2009_-_FINAL_-_SEND_OUT.pdf.