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Louisiana will continue to provide end-of-life care

Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration scrapped plans last week to shutter Louisiana's Medicaid hospice program in February, meaning the state will continue to provide end-of-life care to people on their death beds who can't afford private insurance. The cut would have made Louisiana one of only two states that don't pay for hospice care through its Medicaid program, and the plan faced strong resistance from state senators, who were seeking ways to avoid shuttering hospice to new adult recipients on Feb. 1. More than 5,800 people received hospice services through Louisiana's Medicaid program in the last budget year, according to the health department.

 

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