7.13.12 With Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration expected to announce hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts Friday, public health advocates warn that the move will harm low-income Louisianians who depend on the government insurance program and will ultimately cost the state in the long-run.
"Any time you cut this kind of money out of the Medicaid program, it is going to have a devastating effect on the people served," said Jan Moller, director of the left-leaning Louisiana Budget Project. "We are extremely worried that if you reduce (payment) rates (to providers), it's going to reduce access to services. ... You could end up in a situation where having a Medicaid card doesn't mean anything."