6.21.12 The local Medicaid office has been spared from closure as part of an agreement between the state and Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury.
Police Jury President Donald Woods said Wednesday that the panel will approve an agreement next week to allow the Medicaid office to share space with workers at the parish health unit in Jennings.
“We have come to terms and will allow the two employees to work at the health unit,” Woods said.
Any expenses, including Internet and any renovations, will be the responsibility of the state health department, he said. The state leases space on North Market Street for the Medicaid office. The local office was among several across the state at risk of closing by June 30 because of state budget cuts. Medicaid supporters asked the Police Jury last week to help save the office, saying that without it clients would have to travel to Lake Charles or Lafayette to receive services.