The Louisiana Health Department sent letters to 37,000 Medicaid recipients May 10 warning they are at risk of losing coverage because of the proposed budget cuts, reports Nola.com
Even if state lawmakers update the proposed budget and find money for the Medicaid program, Louisiana officials were compelled to send notifications warning beneficiaries of the potential cuts.
If the proposed operating budget is approved, it would eliminate four Medicaid programs. The cuts to Medicaid would begin July 1.
Families and individuals affected by the Medicaid changes would then have seven weeks to find different coverage. The 37,000 people will be contacted by the health department to see if they qualify for a different Medicaid service that isn't being eliminated, according to the report.