Louisiana Medicaid

PAR report on charity hospital partnerships notes fiscal uncertainties

If you were too filled with holiday mirth to check the morning papers  –  especially the Saturday before Christmas — you may have missed the fact that the venerable Public Affairs Research Council released a detailed analysis of the privatization of Louisiana’s charity hospitals.

But the 45-page report deserves a close reading, and not just because it echoes many of the concerns raised by LBP and others in the past year. While the jury is still out on whether the partnerships will improve quality and control costs, as Gov. Bobby Jindal touts, the report makes it clear that the deals lack sustainable long-term funding.

This, in turn, could lead to cuts in care, unless the Legislature is willing to make up the difference with an infusion of state dollars.

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Despite fears, Affordable Care Act will live up to its name

With major provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act set to take effect in just a few months, misconceptions and misplaced fears about the law continue to circulate. Most of these fears center on alleged increases in costs due to the law’s provisions. But the truth is that most Louisianans who have health insurance will notice little or no change come Jan. 1. At the same time, many of their uninsured neighbors and local small businesses will gain access to affordable coverage.

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