Nonprofit hospitals, clinics fund La. Medicaid enrollment costs

As Louisiana lawmakers struggle to find funding, nonprofit hospitals and health clinics have volunteered to finance the costs of enrolling state residents in Louisiana's newly expanded Medicaid program, reports Times-Picayune.

Specifically, nonprofit hospitals and health clinics are helping to subsidize the cost to pay state workers who enroll Medicaid applicants, according to the article.

Ensuring prompt and efficient Medicaid enrollment is in many nonprofits' best interest. Susan Todd, the director of New Orleans-based 504HealthNet, told Times-Picayune many nonprofit health organizations volunteered to take on enrollment costs upfront to avoid cash-flow issues related to a Medicaid application backlog down the line.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards estimates Medicaid expansion will generate $677 million in savings during the next five years, according to the article.

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