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LSU System charity hospitals see deep cuts

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Dr. William Jenkins and Dr. Frank Opelka testifying before the Joint Health and Welfare Committee Dr. William Jenkins and Dr. Frank Opelka testifying before the Joint Health and Welfare Committee
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The LSU System has outlined its plan to deal with an $85 million budget shortfall and part of it involves laying off 1,500 people.

Those workers are slated to lose jobs throughout LSU's seven public hospitals.

The hardest hit will be New Orleans Interim Public Hospital, which is slated to lose 423 employees at a savings of right at $50 million.

Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge will lose 341 jobs, saving $39 million.

Most of the layoffs are expected to come in January 2013.

A meeting between Louisiana lawmakers and LSU System officials Thursday could end with even deeper cuts being made to the university's charity hospitals and clinics across the state.

The reduction in federal Medicaid dollars is to blame.

"Many members of the Louisiana Legislature are frustrated by the lack of information they have received regarding closures and cuts being made around the state," said House Speaker Chuck Kleckley.

He added the changes will have a major impact on the way the people of Louisiana receive healthcare.

Several LSU System officials are invited to testify at the hearing.

Gov. Bobby Jindal will not be in attendance.

He is traveling to Colorado to support a fellow Republican at a campaign event.

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