The Legislature's lack of urgency in addressing our state's massive budget shortfall recently led University Hospital and Clinics in Lafayette to send notices to its 770 employees that their jobs might be eliminated when funding runs dry on July 1, 2018. Other "public-private partnership" hospitals are expected to follow suit.
It gets worse. On Thursday, May 10, Louisiana Department of Health was forced to send notifications to 37,000 people who are elderly and disabled to let them know that they will lose Medicaid benefits after July 1 under the budget that the legislature is considering. 17,000 of those Medicaid beneficiaries would no longer be able to live in their nursing homes.
But it’s not time to panic. Yet. Louisiana residents still have an opportunity to make their voices heard and help steer the Legislature back on track.