Expanding access to affordable coverage statewide, providing medical homes and creating an academic center to compete with the nations best teaching and research hospitals are the three main objectives of a healthcare-improvement initiative that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal unveiled Nov. 14. The Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals issued a white paper about the initiative, which said it is a result of several years of analysis and recommendations from healthcare providers and advocacy groups, as well as the state Legislatures Health Care Reform Act of 2007. To expand access, there will be a statewide expansion of Medicaid eligibility for parents and caretakers of Medicaid-eligible children who live at or below 50% of the federal poverty level or individuals diagnosed with chronic disease. The medical homes model will offer consumers choice, allowing their Medicaid dollars to follow them to the network they choose.
Louisiana three-part healthcare improvement initiative (Nov. 14)
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