Jul 16, 2014 12:40 PM by AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana spent $52 million less than was budgeted for Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization deals for the LSU hospitals that provide care to the uninsured in the recently-ended fiscal year.
Data provided by the state health department shows the deals cost the state just over $1 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30.
Jindal's health secretary, Kathy Kliebert, says the hospital's new managers are improving care while running more efficient operations.
Lawmakers in areas with the privatization deals have raised concerns that some of the uninsured patients are going to other private hospitals in the region that aren't getting reimbursed for the care.
Final accounting for the overall Medicaid program won't be complete until October, so it won't be clear until then if the health department has a surplus.