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Louisiana Health First, Part 2 (2008)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2008-12-12

Duration: 00:08:02

Subjects: Louisiana Health First | Health care reform | Levine, Alan | Louisiana. Department of Health and Hospitals | MEDICAID | HEALTH INSURANCE | Pediatrics | Health Care | Medicaid fraud | Hospitals


  • Sanford, Shauna Producer
  • Bush, Charles Photographer
  • Crews, Keith Editor
  • Hood, David Interviewee
  • Spedale, Steve Interviewee
  • Levine, Alan Interviewee
  • Whinham, Charlie Host


This segment from the December 12, 2008, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s interviews with critics of “Louisiana Health First,” Governor Bobby Jindal’s proposed plan to change the state’s Medicaid system from fee-for-service to managed care. David Hood of the Public Affairs Research Council argues that moving to a managed care system will not result in less Medicaid fraud and that the major problem with the health care system is the uninsured patients who have no primary care physicians, which causes them to go to the emergency room for all of their medical problems. Dr. Steve Spedale of the American Academy of Pediatrics argues against the plan because it does not increase the funding for taking care of children, who make up 75% of the state’s Medicaid system, but are only allocated 25% of the funding. Host: Charlie Whinham