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Jindal stops Hospice Care for Medicaid patients - UPDATED!!! [View all]

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Effective February 1, 2013. Apparently, if you are on Medicaid, Fuck dying with dignity, with care and in no pain. (My interpretation of the article). By the way, I got the same letter in my mailbox today. He has also cut physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, no dental for pregnant woman or special services for HIV patients.

Oh yea, he just bought up a new charity hospital in the state and is privatizing it (in Lake Charles).

Is there ANY National Journalists out there interested in whats happening in deep red Louisiana? Rachel, Ed, Lawrence, Melissa, anybody????

Additional Information from the article
"Louisiana will become one of only two states to eliminate Medicaid hospice. Arizona was in that mix, but has already reinstituted it because it costs more. "You're going to pick them up and bring them to the emergency room, to the hospital, which costs considerably more than the $140/day paid for by the state for the Medicaid program," said Phelps." .


<b>There will be a candlelight vigil at the State Capitol steps Wednesday from 4:00 to 6:30 P.M. to protest the elimination of Medicaid hospice.</b>


UPDATE:
Gov. Bobby Jindal backs down on Medicaid hospice elimination


But on Wednesday, the administration reversed course. The program will be maintained for the rest of the state's fiscal year, which ends June 30, with the use of "temporary bridge funding," according to a news release from the Department of Health and Hospitals. The release referred to that money as grant funding but did not specify where it came from or how reallocating it to hospice care would affect other state programs.

In the longer-term, the release said the department would work to revamp its hospice program with a greater focus on in-home and community-based care. That could include a greater reliance on non-profit and faith-based organizations and changes to the rates paid to hospice providers, according to the release.


http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/01/gov_bobby_jindal_backs_down_on.html#incart_river_default

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