The Louisiana Senate approved Tuesday legislation that would require state health officials to release more information about how well the Jindal administration’s privatization of Medicaid is going.
State Sen. Ronnie Johns, the Sulphur Republican who sponsored Senate Bill 109, said the purpose is to drill down and find out if contracting five private insurers to manage Medicaid, the government-run healthcare insurance that covers about a fourth of the state’s population, is saving taxpayers money.
The measure enhances a transparency law passed in 2013 that requires the state Department of Health and Hospitals to report statistics and comparisons, Johns said.
SB109 would require to DHH to health outcomes based on a calendar year, among other changes. The measure was approved on 34-0.
The legislation now goes to House for consideration.