Louisiana said it will cut Medicaid rates to providers by about 10% for most portions of the program beginning Jan. 1. Further cuts will be necessary in 2006 if the state does not receive additional federal Medicaid funding to offset costs related to hurricanes Katrina and Rita, said Fred Cerise, secretary of the state Department of Health and Hospitals. A department spokeswoman said the dollar value of the cuts was not yet known. "We had hoped for federal relief to avoid these cuts, which will impact the services we can give our recipients," Cerise said in a statement. "Unfortunately, this relief has not occurred and so we must act on our plan from the state's special session to address our revenue shortfall." -- by Jessica Zigmond
Citing lack of federal aid, La. to cut Medicaid rates
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