Louisiana health system to cut 232 jobs

Shreveport, La.-based Willis-Knighton Health System will lay off 55 employees immediately and eventually cut another 177 jobs via retirement and attrition.

Hospital officials attributed the job cuts to quick Medicaid expansion in the state without sufficient state funding for the widened coverage.

"This has caused problems for many hospitals, and for Willis-Knighton, one of the largest providers of services to Medicaid patients in the state, it has resulted in an approximately 40 percent increase in unfunded costs from last year," they said in announcing the job cuts.

The system said it is committed to supporting the affected employees.


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