POSTED May 29, 2012. Baton Rouge – On Monday, the Senate Finance Committee restored funding to community hospitals in HB 1. The Louisiana Hospital Association and its members applaud the Committee and Senate leadership for reversing the cuts that were in the bill.
Hospital leaders and employees are urging House members to concur in the Senate Amendments on HB 1.
The cuts originally proposed by the House would have devastating effects on community hospital services and healthcare jobs, with estimated losses of $340 million and 5,400 jobs.
Hospital leaders and employees are also asking House members to support the use of Rainy Day Funds and all other available funding sources to protect vital healthcare services. Sens. John Alario and Jack Donahue have shown tremendous leadership this year, and we are thankful that they, along with many other legislators, have taken the time to learn the intricacies of Louisiana’s healthcare delivery system and how budget cuts not only impact the Medicaid system but also those individuals who pay for health insurance.
About the Louisiana Hospital Association : Established in 1926, the Louisiana Hospital Association is a non-profit organization representing hospitals and healthcare provider groups across the state. The mission of the LHA is to support its members through advocacy, education and services. For more information, visit the LHA website at www.lhaonline.org.