Louisiana's Health Agency must save fifty-six million on drugs for medicaid patients to help balance the state budget, but a plan hasn't been established. The changes will take effect October first, and emergency rules will be published in September.
Legislators, pharmacy interests and others are concerned about the lack of transparency and what they call a rush to make changes that need caution to avoid damaging health care.
Consumer groups also worry about restricted drug access. Some lawmakers think the short time table will cause an emergency. A spokesperson for Jindal says delays will only hurt the agency's ability to make the savings that the budget demands.