The Edwards administration and GOP legislators continue
to exchange barbs over the decision to mail cancellation warnings to
37,000 Medicaid patients. Lafayette Republican Nancy Landry blamed the Medicaid budget cuts on John Bel Edwards.
“The governors objection to fully funding LDH exposes the political
motivation behind the fake eviction notices sent to tens of thousands of our
elderly citizens who are in nursing homes.”
Landry, who voted for the House budget that slashed
healthcare spending, says the letters were completely unwarranted as the budget
process is not yet finished.
“Governor Edwards needs to publicly apologize to the seniors
of our state who received this fake, politically motivated threat of eviction
on Mother’s Day weekend.”
But the Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne pushed
back, arguing that the feds require Medicaid recipients to be informed of
program cancellations ahead of time, so that they can try to find other
programs to qualify for.
“The federal government requires that when you’re effecting eligibility
programs, you have to make a redetermination of that individual’s eligibility
Dardenne says with a real threat from House lawmakers to cut
these programs, it would have been wrong to wait any longer.
“…To be candid with people and not try to hide things and
delay things. We don’t think it would be fair to wait until ten days before
someone has to be removed from a nursing home to tell them that they have to
A special session that could replace the expiring revenue at
the heart of these budget cuts is set to be called next Tuesday.