nursing homes

Wallis Watkins

The state is sending out 37,000 letters to Medicaid recipients across Louisiana today, warning them their coverage could run out July 1 if cuts to the state budget aren’t restored. 

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Seventeen thousand of Louisiana's nursing home residents will soon receive notice that they may no longer be eligible for a Medicaid program that helps pay for their care.

Lawmakers vs. Health Industry: Goliath 1, David 1

May 11, 2017
Ming Wang

“We’re struggling to find ways to pay for health care and balance it against the other needs of the state. The fiscal note says this could generate as much as 100-million in a given year.”

Ascension Parish Representative Tony Bacala said, as he presented his bill requiring the Louisiana Department of Health to move to managed care programs for those with long-term health needs on Wednesday.


On Nov. 4, Louisiana voters are being asked — as they were in 2012 — to decide whether to protect nursing homes from future budget cuts.