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Medicaid Crisis Update (Jan. 1995)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1995-01-06

Duration: 00:15:29

Subjects: Health Care | MEDICAID | STATE BUDGET


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Hunn, Robin Interviewee
  • Dougherty, Cary Interviewee
  • Carson, Marcus Interviewee
  • Cassidy, Bill Interviewee


This segment from the January 6, 1995, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s report on the Medicaid crisis facing Louisiana. She reports that the state is facing a $750 million state budget shortfall for funds needed as federal matching dollars for Medicaid and is working towards a compromise with the federal government. Her report touches on the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital’s (DHH) plan to move to a managed care system. She interviews Robin Hunn of DHH and Cary Dougherty of the Louisiana Health Care Authority. Host Robert Collins then conducts an in-studio interview with Marcus Carson, executive director of the Louisiana Health Care Campaign and Dr. Bill Cassidy, a physician and chair of the East Baton Rouge Medical Society’s Health Systems Reform Committee. They discuss the future of Medicaid and managed care in Louisiana.