SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - $70 million will be cut from the Department of Health and Hospitals to close the current year's budget gap.
$40 million of that money was found in savings and administration changes, but $30 million in total will come from hospitals and other programs.
Ten hospitals across the state, including University Health in Shreveport will have to slash their budgets by 1.5 percent.
"It's disappointing to see the hospitals be cut any money," said Sen. Greg Tarver, (D) Shreveport.
It is a much smaller number than it could have been. According to a spokesperson for University Health, $3.2 million of both state and matching federal money will be cut from the budget this fiscal year.
Sen. Greg Tarver did not want any cuts to the hospital systems, but said this is a better outcome than what could have been.
"The med school was not cut at all, we managed to save the med school. And the hospital had minimum cuts," said Tarver.
Taking a closer look at those cuts, we have learned $500,000 will be eliminated from the Pediatric Day Health Care Program services, which helps care for special needs children.
"I'm very much concerned about that, to help the needy and the people who cannot help themselves. And we should have provided the necessary funding. But we did not raise enough revenue in the special session. People just didn't vote for it," said Tarver.
Tarver says the cuts will hurt, but not as bad as they could have.
The Chairman of University Health Board released this statement: