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Medicaid managed-care contracts rejected again


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BATON ROUGE — Louisiana House Republicans again Friday spurned contract extensions sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards for Medicaid managed-care companies that coordinate health services for 1.5 million people, continuing a stalemate over deals that are the most expensive in state government.

Friday’s vote was the second time this month House GOP lawmakers on the joint legislative budget committee have refused to support the 23-month, $15.4 billion extensions the Edwards administration is proposing for the five managed-care organizations.

The current contracts, negotiated by former Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration, end Jan. 31. Lawmakers who voted against the extensions haven’t suggested a backup plan