Medicaid Program Will Continue to Cover Hospice Care.

Yesterday, Louisiana’s Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein announced the reversal of plans to cut the Medicaid hospice program.  The announcement was made as hospice program supporters gathered on the state capitol steps to protest the cut.

The cut would have made Louisiana one of only two states that don’t pay for hospice care through its Medicare program. There was strong resistance from state senators and hospice advocates alike.  They argued that cutting hospice would not save the state money, as hospice care costs approximately ¼ of the same treatment received in hospitals.

The state will use federal grant funding to keep the hospice program running.

We applaud the state of Louisiana on the decision to not make cuts to hospice care for Medicaid patients, recognizing the value of hospice care for everyone.