Health care transparency wins final passage

Legislation is on its way to the governor’s desk aimed at bringing “transparency” in the operations of two Jindal administration health care initiatives.

The Louisiana House gave final legislative passage to the Senate-passed measure on a 101-0 vote.

Senate Bill 55 by state Sen. Ronnie Johns, R-Sulphur, would require reporting and monitoring of two programs that have moved from the public to private sector operations.

One is Bayou Health, a Medicaid managed care program in which five private providers participate. Two-thirds of the state’s more than 1 million Medicaid recipients are covered by it.

The other is the Louisiana Behavioral Health Partnership in which a private company coordinates care for those with mental health and addictive disorders.

Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed similar legislation Johns sponsored last year.

“This is positive to everyone in our districts,” said state Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond.

Broadwater said Johns has talked to the governor’s staff and got a commitment that Jindal will sign it this time around.