BATON ROUGE — Gov. Bobby Jindal's chief financial adviser on Friday announced a mix of cuts, one-time patches and hiring-freeze savings to close a nearly $166 million budget gap, with money slashed from hospice care, mental health treatment and domestic violence programs.
Doctors and hospitals that care for the poor, disabled and elderly in the Medicaid program will be paid less for those services. Dental benefits to pregnant women through Medicaid will be shuttered. Additional cuts will fall on the LSU hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured in north Louisiana.