Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday he's confident LSU's network of public hospitals and clinics will safeguard health care services, despite cuts that strip a quarter of the system's funding. Lawmakers have said they don't understand how the university-run health care system can shrink its budget by $329 million this year without shutting facilities that take care of the poor and uninsured. When asked about the fear over the reductions, Jindal replied, "LSU is well on their way to presenting a plan that's going to protect critical services."
The Jindal administration made $523 million in last-minute health cuts this month after a change in the state's federal Medicaid funding rate upended the 2012-13 health care budget that had been passed by lawmakers.
Nearly two-thirds of the cuts for the fiscal year that began July 1 were levied on the LSU health care system that is the main training network for doctors and other medical professionals in Louisiana.
"They are going to have to work aggressively to do more with less, but again their priority is to protect critical services and we'll continue to do that," the Republican governor said.