Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is pushing ahead with privatization plans for a Louisiana State University hospital that cares for the poor and uninsured in the central part of the state, despite the recent rejection of federal financing plans for other hospital outsourcing deals. The CMS said the privatization deals don't meet federal guidelines for Medicaid funds.
Lawmakers appear willing to support Jindal's effort. The state House Health and Welfare Committee last week voted 10-8 for a Senate-backed measure that would authorize the shuttering of the university-run Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville and move its services to two nearby private hospitals, Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital and Rapides Regional Medical Center, both in Alexandria.