Posted by: Teaway Zehyoue Collins
In response to Louisiana’s current fiscal crisis, Governor Jindal has admonished his executive branch leaders to “do more with less.” The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals recently proposed $20.8 million in cuts to the current year budget to make up for DHH’s share of the state’s FY2010 budget deficit of $107 million. DHH also announced a $50 million projected shortfall in its FY2011 Medicaid budget due to a 4.4% increase in Medicaid enrollments. To cover these shortfalls, DHH plans to close eight parish Medicaid offices and reduce the number of people serving Medicaid clients by 61 people. As a result, Louisianans seeking Medicaid services will have to drive further and wait longer. This sounds to us at the Louisiana Budget Project as doing less with less.