Louisiana holding firm on state-based exchange: Hospitals will close

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Oh boy, Louisiana is getting tough  when it comes to health care reform. Carol Steckel, the state's director of health care reform told a group at the America's Health Insurance Plans annual State Issues Conference that “In Louisiana we believe that (the 2010 law) does not enhance the private market... “We are not going to do a state-based exchange.” Louisiana is not a fan of creating a health care exchange because of the state’s strong opposition to the 2010 health care reform law and what they perceive as the law’s lack of options. One thing is for sure. According to Steckel, some state-owned hospitals and other health facilities will have to close because the federal government is reducing its Medicaid payments to Louisiana by $859 million as part of a transportation bill passed in July.

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