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|Option could save state $100 million|
Another legislative session has just begun, and lawmakers will have their work cut out for them as they whittle away at a ballooning budget and a large deficit. It may seem like a nearly impossible task, but if legislators consider many of the Streamlining Government Commission's recommendations, the 2010 Regular Session can be successful.
One Streamlining proposal that has particular merit is the recommendation to fully implement two programs that allow the state to purchase private health insurance for a child or adult if it is cheaper than covering the child or adult through Medicaid.
In 2004, the Legislature passed the "Baby Bill" requiring hospitals and healthcare professionals in Louisiana to notify the state when a child has Medicaid or is Medicaid-eligible and his parent may be eligible for private insurance through work. With this information, the state can elect to pay for private health insurance for the child if it is cheaper than covering the child through Medicaid.
For the full column, see Page 6A of this week's Citizen.
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John Kennedy serves as treasurer of Louisiana.