BATON ROUGE, La. -- Louisiana's health department is working on how to cut $859 million from the state's Medicaid program for the poor and uninsured, stripping 11 percent of the funding for health services.
The cuts to the budget that began Sunday came as a surprise to the Jindal administration and lawmakers, cropping up last week when Congress slashed Medicaid funding to the state in the just-passed federal transportation bill.
On the chopping block are charity hospitals, hospice care and Medicaid providers.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration outlined expected cuts that will eliminate programs that care for women with breast and cervical cancer, provide hospice care and offer adult dentures to the poor and uninsured. Funding to the LSU public hospitals and rural hospitals will be slashed, threatening some of the facilities with closure.