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Statement from LHA President & CEO John Matessino

Hospitals and other healthcare providers have been severely cut over the past four years putting healthcare services, jobs and families at risk. These cuts, along with other financial challenges, negatively impact our healthcare system, our economy and our future.

House Speaker Chuck Kleckley (R-Lake Charles) and House Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger (D-New Orleans) filed HB 532 and HB 533, two constitutional amendments that would give families, including those with private health insurance, a more stable healthcare delivery system in Louisiana. This would help to guarantee more accountability and efficient use of Medicaid funds.

This legislation would allow the state to access more federal funds, which is good for everyone in Louisiana. Putting patients first is not about party politics. Our state is in serious financial trouble. It is time to find alternative, responsible funding solutions for Louisiana taxpayers.

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BATON ROUGE, LA- District 91 State Representative Walter "Walt" J. Leger, III (D-New Orleans) was elected unanimously by his colleagues on January 9, 2012, to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He is now the second highest ranking member and will preside over the entire membership of the House in the absence of the House Speaker. He will serve ex-officio on all house committees, and will serve as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.

"I am extremely humbled and honored to be elected Speaker Pro Tem by my colleagues.  I feel blessed to work in service with them for the people of my district and the State.  I will work hard and always strive to do what is right and fair. I look forward to working with the legislature to address important issues such as coastal restoration, hurricane protection, education, and healthcare." Rep. Leger said.

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