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Hospital Privatization: An Analysis of CMS Responses

May 23, 2013 1 Comment ›› atuozzolo

Hospital Privatization: An Analysis of CMS Responses The Center for Medicaid and Medicare sent detailed responses to questions we asked earlier this spring. Below is an analysis, provided by a Louisiana Health Care expert, of those responses as they relate to the privatization process for LSU Charity Hospitals:How the new LSU “partnership” agreements may work (still being negotiated and not ...

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Important Hospital Privatization Answers From CMS

May 23, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Earlier this month, I posed several important questions to the Federal Center for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) regarding the ongoing privatization of the LSU Hospitals. CMS is the top federal agency that oversees the Medicare and Medicaid programs nationwide. Check out the document below for the answers to some critical questions: [caption id="attachment_5352" align="aligncenter" width="402"] Click ...

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Why We Need Medicaid Expansion For Louisiana

May 14, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Health Care Coverage For More Than 240,000 Hard-Working Louisianians In Louisiana, the expansion means as many as 240,000 adults, mostly the “working poor,” will get coverage, with the lion’s share paid for by the federal government. It means grocery clerks, home-health aides, construction workers and other low-wage employees will get access to care—many for the first ...

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Facts On Women and the Affordable Care Act

May 14, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

The health care law protects women by providing insurance options, covering preventive services, and lowering costs: Insurance Companies Can’t Deny Coverage to Women. Before the Affordable Care Act became law, most insurance companies selling individual policies could deny coverage to women or charge them more due to pre-existing conditions, such as cancer and having been pregnant. ...

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Sewerage and Water Board Reform Advances

May 10, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Friends, The time has finally come for real governance reform at the New Orleans Sewerage and Water Board. We must bring our infrastructure into the 21st Century in order to secure clean water and essential drainage for our city. To do so, we must increase the accountability and transparency of the governing entity that oversees these critical functions.  Wednesday, ...

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Jindal Voucher Program Ruled Unconstitional

May 7, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

From the Times-Picayune, some breaking news. Governor Bobby Jindal's voucher system is ruled unconstitutional by a 6-1 vote: The Louisiana Supreme Court has ruled that the current method of funding the statewide school voucher program is unconstitutional. Act 2, part of Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2012 package of education reforms, diverts money from each student's per-pupil allocation to cover the cost of private or parochial ...

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A Budget As A Moral Document

May 6, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Friends, Crafting a budget means making choices. In our state, it must be balanced. It must serve people. And it must set our direction for the future. In these and many other ways, our State budget is a manifestation of our priorities. It is a statement of our people, whose competing visions are vigorously debated through the ...

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Times-Picayune: Expanding Medicaid is crucial for Louisiana

May 5, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

From the Times-Picayune Editorial Board, May 5th, 2013: The list of experts, advocates and analysts who see the value in Louisiana expanding Medicaid under the federal Affordable Care Act is long -- and growing. The chief health officer in New Orleans and two former Louisiana health secretaries -- David Hood and Fred Cerise -- argued in the past ...

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Thanks to the Senators Standing With Louisiana Women For Equal Pay

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

Today, Senators considered Senator Murray's Equal Pay bill, SB153. I was proud to stand with and  support Senator Murray in this effort. Unfortunately, the Senate and Governmental Affairs Committee deadlocked 4-4 on advancing the bill. While the bill remains alive in committee, I believe it's important that we take time to recognize the four Senators that ...

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Medicaid Expansion At The Legislature

Apr 24, 2013 No Comments ›› atuozzolo

As Republican Governor's Association Chair, Bobby Jindal should listen to many of his members. RGA Governors from across the country have signed on to help their people get access to affordable health care.

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