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Health secretary to Mayor Landrieu: LSU at fault for hospital cuts

Nola.com, February 7, 2012

State Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein responded Monday to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's call for state leaders to rescind major cuts to mental health services for the poor and uninsured. The Louisiana State University System approved the changes Friday. In his letter and in public statements since LSU's decision, Greenstein puts responsibility for the bed closures and layoffs squarely on LSU. The university points to Jindal administration budget maneuvers earlier this year that, according to LSU, limited its access to federal money intended to cover "uncompensated care," the cost of treating patients who are under-insured or have no insurance.