Dept. of Health to send out letters to thousands of Medicaid recipients

Devon Sanders and Kaylee Poche

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne, Health Secretary Rebekah Gee and Deputy Secretary Michelle Alletto spoke Wednesday about letters informing 37,000 Medicaid recipients that they may lose coverage. (Photo: Devon Sanders, LSU Manship School News Service)

The Louisiana Department of Health will send letters to 37,000 Medicaid recipients Thursday notifying them that they may be ineligible for services if a budget approved by the Republican-led House is enacted.

Gov. John Bel Edwards wants the Legislature to pass revenue-raising measures to minimize the cuts, and top House Republicans on Wednesday questioned his administration’s decision to send the letters now, calling it a “scare tactic.”

Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie, said the choice to send the letters was “premature at best, reckless at worst.”

But Health Secretary Rebekah Gee and Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne insisted at a press conference Wednesday that this was not the case. They said they were only sending the letters to notify Medicaid recipients of the possibility of cuts and give them time to make any necessary adjustments.

Read the full story in The Daily Iberian.

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