More Budget Cuts Could Be On The Way For Charity System
It is going to be a very busy and important day for the governing board that oversees Louisiana’s Charity Hospital System. The LSU System governing board is talking about making more cuts for the ten hospitals in the system.
The system that gives medical care to the poor and uninsured has received multiple cuts in the last several years.
The new head of the system, Frank Opelka, says the Jindal administration lessened the funding for the system by twenty-five percent after there was a significant dip in the amount of federal Medicaid money coming into the state of Louisiana.
As part of Opelka’s work to reduce costs, he has asked the heads of each hospital to design a plan for their hospital, but with thirty-four and 1/2 percent less money in that budget. He has not said whether he would actually suggest such a steep cut, but he wants them to each have a plan ready.