No changes planned for Louisiana Medicaid deal extensions

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Despite pushback from House Republicans, Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration isn't making changes to contract extensions sought for companies that manage care for 1.5 million Medicaid patients.

The health department is presenting the same contract terms to lawmakers for consideration Friday that already were rejected by House GOP lawmakers this month. The Democratic administration instead hopes more education about changes it has already made to the deals will help sway votes.

Health department chief of staff Andrew Tuozzolo said the extensions on Friday's joint budget committee agenda "will be identical" to those blocked two weeks earlier.

Edwards' administration wants to keep the five managed-care companies in place for 23 months beyond their January contract expirations. House Republicans want more efforts to squeeze savings from deals estimated to cost $15.4 billion.

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