Louisiana Medicaid program spending $400M under projections

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Medicaid program will spend about $400 million less than expected in the near-ended budget year. That's largely because tens of thousands of people were booted from Medicaid rolls amid bolstered eligibility checks.

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The latest Medicaid forecast for the budget year that ends June 30 showed the program was expected to spend about $12 billion on health services this year, rather than $12.4 billion.

Cindy Rives, chief financial officer for the state health department, said the less-than-expected spending doesn't translate to a large savings for the state. Nearly all the money is federal financing that simply won't be received.

The health department has started using an upgraded computer system to check Medicaid eligibility. Agency data shows the number of Medicaid enrollees has fallen by more than 80,000 people since January.

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