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June, 2006

PAR Says Session Missed Opportunities

Missed opportunity characterizes the 2006 Regular Legislative Session. At the outset, hopes were high that the state might finally be forced to reinvent and redesign some of its outmoded and inefficient policies and institutions. But, in nearly every function of state government, the legislature passed over the rare chance for meaningful debate and successful reform. […]

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PAR Calls for Action in Health Care Reform

PAR has just released a health care policy brief that analyzes accessibility to health care in Louisiana and outlines six recommendations for reform that would increase the availability of primary and preventive care throughout the state. The report titled “Action Steps for Access to Care” describes the cost savings that could be realized by shifting […]

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$900,000 Grant Awarded to Study the Impacts of 2005 Hurricanes

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government of the State University of New York has received a $900,000 start-up grant from the Ford Foundation to study the effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on state and local governments in the three states devastated by the storms. The study is being conducted jointly by the Nelson […]

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Keep Nursing Home Payments Flexible, PAR Says

A bill to protect the nursing home industry from certain types of budget cuts is nearing final passage this week. SB 613 would set in law the formula used to determine Medicaid reimbursement rates for nursing homes, limiting the state’s options for cutting payments when budget reductions are necessary. Current budgeting flexibility should be maintained, […]

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