Louisiana's hospitals have had to absorb huge cuts in Medicaid funding, more than $200 million in the past two years.
But now a new partnership between public and private hospitals is generating tens of millions of dollars in additional federal money.
It is called the Low Income and Needy Care Collaboration Agreement.
It is a mouthful, and it's complicated, but the result is quite simple: Louisiana gets millions of dollars more in federal health care funding.
State Senator David Heitmeier of Algiers wrote and won approval of the legislation that makes it possible.
Dennis sits down with State Senator David Heitmeier, the Chief Executive Officer of West Jefferson Medical Center, Nancy Casseigne, and the Chief Executive Officer of Ochsner Health System, Dr. Patrick Quinlan, to dicsuss how the agreement will work and what it could mean for hospitals in the metro area.