Louisiana Medicaid

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Today, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that he has accepted the resignation of Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee effective January 31. Gee has taken a new job, which will be announced by her employer at a later date.

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Older adults may not have complete information about their health insurance.  They may not know where -- or how -- to find correct answers. 

The Senior Health Insurance Information Program  (SHIIP),  a division within the Louisiana Department of Insurance, addresses questions and clarifications relating to Medicare, Medicaid, and long-term care insurance.

Vicky Dufrene, Insurance Manager at the Louisiana Department of Insurance, discussed some of the most common myths and misconceptions relating to senior health insurance.

Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration told lawmakers Friday a computer upgrade will address concerns the Medicaid program has spent millions on people not eligible for the coverage, and the system improvements won praise from the state's top auditor.

The Legislature's joint budget committee approved the contract needed for the upgraded system, which launched this week as Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera released a report that said Louisiana's Medicaid expansion may have spent as much as $85M on ineligible enrollees.

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House Republicans have devised a list of proposed changes they want to see made to deals with the private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients.  

     The GOP lawmakers remain at odds with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over how to approach multibillion-dollar contracts that are state government's largest.  

     The governor is proposing 23-month, $15.4 billion extensions for the five managed-care companies. House Republicans on the joint legislative budget committee that must approve the extensions are pressing for adjustments.