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Future Of Huey P. Long

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PINEVILLE, La. (KALB News Channel 5) Thousands of Central Louisiana residents use the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville for affordable medical care each year.

The Huey P. Long Medical Center has been a staple in the Central Louisiana community for decades.

There are currently discussions taking place to decide on what the future of the Huey P. Long Medical Center will be.

An agreement has been made. On July first 2014, the Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville will no longer be run by the state of Louisiana.

"People on low incomes that do not have medical cards that can not afford these high prices for medicines when you can come right here and see a doctor and get your medicines at a reasonable price to where you can afford it," said Pam Marcotte.

The deal calls for Christus St. Francis Cabrini Hospital to oversee inpatient psychiatric care while sharing urgent care and inpatient treatments with Rapides Regional Medical Center.

Until the switch is made, Huey P. Long Medical Center leaders say all current hospital services will remain unchanged.

"This time there are no plans to change any of our health care delivery in Central Louisiana. Our staff is committed to providing quality care to all of Central Louisiana as we have done for over 73 years," said Gary Crockett.

Huey P. Long Medical Center will continue to operate on its current state budget and in its current location until July of 2014.

The future of the medical center has left its patients wondering what options will there be in Central Louisiana for affordable medical care.

"There is a lot of people out here that need this free care. I have a lot of medical problems and I really do not know where we can go for the help."

"Just the unknown, just not knowing how things change. Change is not always good change and I hope it is a good change. You know you get your care, you get what need here. It helps people that need financial help as well."

Patients we spoke with say they can't live without the medical center's affordable medical services.

"Don't take Huey P. away from Central Louisiana, because If I had to drive to Shreveport or wherever to get free medical care I would go into a diabetic coma because I can not afford it," said Pam Marcotte.

Leaders from Christus Cabrini Hospital and the Rapides Regional Medical Center say they are working with the state to finalize the plan for the Huey P. Long Medical Center.

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