Glover pushing for funding changes for safety net hospitals

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State Rep. Cedric Glover wants to change the way safety net hospitals in Louisiana receive funding from the state.

Glover believes some hospitals that provide more services get less funding, so he’s introduced a bill that promises to fix that.

House Bill 885 establishes the safety net hospital preservation act. The bill’s stated purpose is to implement a transparent and more fair funding system.

These public private hospitals get what’s called Medicaid supplemental hospital funding.

Rep. Glover told the House Appropriations Committee that the system has built in disparities. He says records from LDH indicates that some hospitals provide more service, and get less funding.

“In essence we may have a safety net hospital in Northwest Louisiana, which is providing twice the service as it’s sister in New Orleans, and receiving half the funding for those services on behalf of the state. What ultimately suffers is the patient, and also the Shreveport medical school” said State Rep. Cedric Glover. 

Glover says the disparity is in the range of $136 million. His bill would give the Secretary of Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals authority to determine how much funding these hospitals are getting, and if there is a disparity, the state would be obligated to fix it.

The bill passed out of committee, and will soon head to the House.

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