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  • PAR Releases New Report on State Hospital Reforms

    A New Safety Net: The risk and reward of Louisiana’s Charity hospital privatizations

    Louisiana’s reinvention of the Charity hospital system is a controversial and complex health care reform. PAR examines this historic initiative with an in-depth report, A New Safety Net: The risk and reward of Louisiana’s Charity hospital privatizations. The report explains the transformation and evaluates the advantages and disadvantages for the state, the communities and the healthcare system. A special section provides a deal-by-deal breakdown of the new agreements affecting most regions of the state.

    The authors of the report are former Louisiana Medicaid Director Don Gregory and PAR Research Director Alison Neustrom, PhD.

    Click here to view the full report.

  • Washington Post’s Leonard Downie Jr. to headline PAR Annual Conference April 11

    PAR’s Annual Conference and Luncheon are scheduled for April 11, 2014, at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge. The keynote speaker for the luncheon is the renowned Leonard Downie Jr., former Executive Editor and now Vice President at Large for The Washington Post.

    Click here to read more about Leonard Downie, Jr.

    Click here for details about PAR's conference and to become a table sponsor or to order individual tickets.

    Presenting table sponsorships are also available. Please contact Susan Mintz Kantrow at (225) 926-8414, ext. 217 or susan@parlouisiana.org for more information.

  • PAR Annual Legislative Guides Now Available!

    PAR's popular Guide contains the information you need about the state's legislators, elected officials and agencies. The hardcopy guides are now available for purchase. Click here for information on ordering paper guides.

    Thanks to underwriting support from Ochsner Health System and the software development expertise of hSoft Consulting, PAR's Legislative Guide is also available as a FREE mobile app for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices.

    The FREE app includes information on members of the Louisiana Legislature, statewide office holders and members of Louisiana's Congressional delegation. Additionally, you'll have access to PAR's Guide to the Constitutional Amendments; PAR's Citizen's Rights Card on open meeting and public records; and the latest policy insights, recommendations and news from PAR. App content is updated automatically throughout the year. Search for "PAR Guide" on Apple or Google's app stores, or download the app directly by clicking here for iPhone/iPad or Android devices.

  • PAR Issues Research Brief on Tax Reform

    PAR has released a report that outlines key taxes issues facing the state and placing these into the context of the current debate on reform.

    The report summarizes the challenges in various areas of Louisiana tax policy and offers potential remedies for consideration. The report also reviews the Governor’s so-called Plan A proposal and draws important lessons from that initiative as the Legislature continues to consider new proposals.

    Click here to view the full report.

  • PAR Evaluates the Governor's Executive Budget and Calls for Proper Use of Coastal Fund

    The Jindal administration’s proposed state budget for the next fiscal year is commendable in several important respects but contains some techniques for short-term revenue enhancements that are not in the state’s best interest in the long term. In particular, the state’s past practice of using the Coastal Protection and Restoration Fund as a pass-through to balance the state operating budget should be stopped.

    Click here to view the full report.

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