- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana’s health secretary says she expects the state to receive federal approval this week for LSU hospital privatization contracts rewritten by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration.

Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert told state senators Monday that she’s been encouraged in conversations with the federal Medicaid agency that the rewritten deals won’t hit any roadblocks.

The contracts govern the management transfer of hospitals in New Orleans, Lafayette, Bogalusa, Shreveport and Monroe and a deal that closed LSU’s Lake Charles hospital, moving its inpatient services to a private hospital.

In May, federal health officials rejected prior financing plans for the Jindal administration’s privatization deals. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services pushed for the rewrite.

Louisiana needs federal approval to keep Medicaid dollars paying for the privatization arrangements.

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