Monday, July 06, 2015

It's possible that "saving money" was beside the point

We've pretty much decided that privatization is better because.... well, just because.
Medicaid privatization is a hallmark of Jindal’s administration , which pushed the move as a way to both save taxpayer money and improve health by better managing care. Medicaid is a joint state and federal program that provides health care to the poor.

The audit looked at cost savings since February 2012, when the state launched Bayou Health. The privatized Bayou Health insurance program serves two-thirds, or about 900,000, of Louisiana’s Medicaid recipients — mainly children and pregnant women.

Department of Health and Hospitals Undersecretary Jeff Reynolds said the agency is generally pleased with the auditor’s report.

“They say, in auditor speak, there may be savings there,” Reynolds said. “At the end of the day, they can’t quite be sure what that is.”
Who knows what the point of all this was.  Must have been something

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