Louisiana shelves cut to Medicaid hospice program

by Melinda Deslatte

(AP)—Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has scrapped plans to shutter the state'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.

Jindal's health secretary Bruce Greenstein made the announcement Wednesday evening—as hospice program supporters were gathering for a candlelight vigil to protest the cut—that his department will use grant funding to cover the hospice program costs this year.

Elimination of the hospice program would have made Louisiana one of only two states that don't pay for through its .

Jindal's plan to cut the care for the terminally ill faced strong resistance from state senators, who were seeking ways to stop the cut.

0 shares

Related Stories

Hospice visit number affects ability to die at home

date Jun 27, 2012

(HealthDay) -- Hospice patients with cancer are more likely to be able to die in the setting of their choice if they receive at least one hospice visit per day during the first four days of hospice care, according ...

Recommended for you

Europe's police crack massive horsemeat trafficking ring

date 5 hours ago

Police from seven European countries detained 26 people in a crackdown on a horsemeat trafficking ring two years after a tainted meat scandal that rocked the continent, the EU's judicial agency Eurojust said Saturday.

Text messaging useful for reaching 'at-risk' teens about sex

date Apr 24, 2015

Text messaging that connects teens with sexual health educators is effective for delivering sexual health information, according to a recent study in The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University.The ...

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.