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The count: how much would be cut from state health care under Gov. Edwards' proposed budget

$660 million



The "doomsday" state budget proposed last week by Gov. John Bel Edwards would cut half a billion dollars in care (mostly for the poor and elderly) and mean Louisiana would lose almost $1.6 billion in federal matching funds. The Louisiana Hospital Association and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) were among those speaking out against the cuts, which would eliminate or slash pediatric day care, at-home care for the elderly and/or disabled as well as cutting the state's already-taxed mental health services.

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