• Support Full Funding for the Medicaid Program

    The Louisiana Legislature should prioritize funding for vital health care services provided through the state’s Medicaid program.

    • The State of Louisiana’s response to budget shortfalls has historically included significant budget reductions to health care and, more specifically, Medicaid. Every year, lawmakers are faced with decisions that represent a considerable deficit between the dollars needed to sustain growing patient care levels and the proposed budget amounts. Health care providers have grappled with limited access to Medicaid reimbursement as well as a continued growth in the number of uninsured patients requiring care. CHRISTUS Health Louisiana will continue to face difficult challenges as we strive to continue our role as a crucial health care safety net to Louisiana’s uninsured and underinsured.
    • CHRISTUS Health Louisiana remains dedicated to supporting all efforts to sustain health care funding levels that are necessary to serve our communities throughout the state.
  • Preserve the Dedicated Funds Necessary to Treat the Uninsured and Underinsured.

    • With the closing of Huey P. Long, the state’s charity care hospital, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini, in partnership with Rapides Regional Medical Center, became the sole provider of care in the 13-parishes of Central Louisiana. Over the years, this partnership has overcome region-specific adversity to continue to provide unprecedented levels of quality patient care. This was achieved through an innovative community-based solution that uses a primary care-focused delivery model ensuring patients receive local primary and preventative care as well as access to specialists in vital service areas. With low-income patient volumes growing at alarming rates and poverty levels hovering around 50%, the CHRISTUS Central Louisiana partnership has to rely on a set amount of state funds to sustain the level of treatment necessary for this rural community. Without full funding, we face the elimination of regional access to fundamental, lifesaving care for the citizens of this region.
    • CHRISTUS Health remains dedicated to its role as the community’s only safety-net provider and the continued support of the funding necessary to ensure patients have access to timely and appropriate care.
  • Increase access to care to combat the state’s high prevalence of mental and behavioral health issues.

    • Louisiana ranks among the worst states in the country for access to mental health care. A mental health report ranked Louisiana 47th for overall mental health care due to the state’s high prevalence of mental illness and limited access to care for those affected by illness and behavioral health issues that plague our citizens of all ages. To combat this growing epidemic, the Office of Behavioral Health (OBH), an agency with the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) behavioral health programs are now being managed by the Medicaid Health Louisiana managed care plans. OBH has also expressed an expanded focus on creating access through behavioral health community-based treatment programs and direct care through hospitalization treatment programs. Continued focus and funding support on a state and local level will ensure patients receive timely and appropriate access to inpatient and outpatient, community-based services for mental and behavioral health diagnoses.
    • CHRISTUS supports legislation to ensure patients with behavioral health issues have access to care in the most appropriate setting and increased state general revenue to fund a strong behavioral health care system.
  • Support legislation and policies to remove barriers to the use of telehealth to create access to vital patient care services in rural areas and hard to reach communities.