Louisiana Bill Would End Medicaid Switch in 2014 Without Reauthorization

The Louisiana House on Monday unanimously backed a proposal that would end Gov. Bobby Jindal's "coordinated care networks" on Dec. 31, 2014, unless they receive legislative reauthorization, according to a Bloomberg Businessweek report.

The coordinated care networks would change the way Louisiana spends its Medicaid dollars by transforming the system to an insurance-based model. The proposal would also mandate detailed reporting to lawmakers about the benefits of switching Medicaid to a managed care program.

Gov. Jindal unveiled the plan for coordinated care networks more than two years ago, but the plan has yet to begin. It is slated to start in the upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1. The plan would move hundreds of thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries into managed care networks, which would be run by private companies that contract with the state and negotiate payments with health providers.

The coordinated care networks would accept approximately two-thirds of the state's 1.2 million Medicaid recipients when fully implemented.

Read the Bloomberg Businessweek report on Medicaid.

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