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DHH Postpones Hospice Cuts

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BATON ROUGE, La. - State health officials announced Wednesday afternoon that the Medicaid Hospice Program would not end next month as scheduled.

Officials said the program will not end Feb. 1 because money from existing funding was discovered to keep the program going, while reforms would be positioned for later this spring.

The DHH postponement came as family members of terminally-ill patients gathered at the Louisiana Capitol to protest cuts made by the Jindal administration this past December that would have closed the program.

A Senate committee was reviewing the budget decisions and considering whether to reject plans to shut down the program on Wednesday. Conservative lawmakers in the state House are also devising a package of proposals that aim to expand the state budget areas that can be cut during shortfalls and to limit the use of patchwork funding for ongoing programs. The bills will be unveiled next week.

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