La. governor signs Medicaid transparency bill

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) -- Lawmakers will get more oversight of health care programs privatized by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, after a three-year struggle for the information.

Jindal signed into law Tuesday a bill by Sen. Ronnie Johns setting annual reporting requirements for the Department of Health and Hospitals — reversing course after twice vetoing the measure.

DHH will have to provide detailed information about the Bayou Health program that shifted many Medicaid services to private managed care and a program that privatized behavioral health services.

Jindal had said DHH had concerns about providing the data when the programs were just beginning, but not anymore.

The bill signing comes as state and federal grand juries investigate the Jindal administration's award of a now-canceled Medicaid claims processing contract.