BATON ROUGE — Locked in a dispute over their state contract, leaders of the safety-net hospital operator in north Louisiana have lodged new allegations in their disagreement with state officials, accusing Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration of discrimination in their payment formula.

Officials with BRF, the company managing the state-owned hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe as University Health System, are accusing the Edwards administration of giving better terms to the hospital operator in New Orleans.

“North Louisiana hospitals get only 32 cents per patient for every dollar received by New Orleans. We will fight for a funding model that treats the citizens

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