Lake area lawmaker reacts to $16M health cut

By Crystal Price - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Department of Health and Hospitals is planning to cut the $16 million program known as CommunityCARE, and some Louisiana lawmakers are questioning the cuts.

CommunityCARE has been in existence since Gov. Mike Foster's administration and it serves as a way of enhancing primary care and reducing the costs of emergency room visits.

But according to DHH officials, the program was not effective in improving the 750,000 patients that are enrolled in it.

DHH said if they cut the program they will reduce state expenses by more than $3.5 million.

While DHH said it does not expect the cut to change how doctors provide care for the patients, Senator Willie Mount of Lake Charles has her on thoughts on the issue.

"The concern that we want to make sure the people have access to quality care and to physicians who certainly are able to take care of the patients," said Mount.

The program is expected to end as early as Dec. 1.

DHH is working on an alternate program for CommunityCARE, but there is still no word on when that program will begin.

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