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State's Medicaid program to lose provider

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The state's Medicaid program is losing one of the private companies providing health insurance under its Bayou Health program, the state's new insurance-based health care system for the poor.

But it won't mean any immediate changes to some 200,000 people enrolled in the plan or those providers delivering services.

The Advocate reports Community Health Solutions of America is signing over its contract to another Bayou Health provider -- Louisiana Healthcare Connections. LHC is a subsidiary of Centene Corp.

According to the Centene Corp., the purchase price will be between $110 million and $140 million.

Calder Lynch, the state Department of Health and Hospitals' chief of staff, said Thursday the transaction is subject to state and federal health agency approvals.

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