What a cold s.o.b. :
Jindal made a series of budget reductions in mid-December to help close a nearly $166 million deficit in the current fiscal year that ends June 30. The hospice decision drew the strongest complaints from lawmakers, with senators pushing the Jindal administration to find another way to trim spending.
Despite the complaints, the Department of Health and Hospitals is continuing with its plan to close the program to new adult recipients on Feb. 1. Cutting the program is estimated to save about $1.1 million in state funding this year and $3.1 million in state funding for the 2013-14 budget year, according to DHH.