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Louisiana Health Care Providers To Receive Grant

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Louisiana health care providers will receive nearly $130 million of a $600 million federal Social Service Block Grant for disaster-assistance released on Tuesday by HHS, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

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Part of the funds will go to health care providers that experienced losses because of hurricanes Ike and Gustav in 2008, and to assist medical facilities affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2006.

The money was approved by Congress in September as part of a larger spending bill. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will be responsible for distributing the grants; however, the agency still is awaiting guidance from HHS before creating a distribution formula, according to Tony Keck, chief of staff for state Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine (Moller, New Orleans Times-Picayune, 1/7).

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