Clinics serving 57,000 uninsured in New Orleans area could be cut in Jindal budget
State funding for a network of New Orleans area community clinics that provide health care to 57,000 uninsured patients would be eliminated under Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed fiscal 2015-16 budget. Kristy Nichols, Jindal’s top administrator, presented the $7.7 million cut as part of an overall $1.2 billion in proposed budget reductions before state legislators Friday (Feb. 27).
If the funding is eliminated, the effective impact would be to end the Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection, said Susan Todd, executive director of 504HealthNet, a coalition of organizations concerned with providing health care to uninsured in the Greater New Orleans area.