Acting in response to a loud outcry and planned protests, Bobby Jindal has decided not to eliminate funding for hospice care for elderly patients on Medicare. The program has gotten a reprieve until June 30.
But the administration is still looking for ways to cut the costs, such as by cutting reimbursements to providers, encouraging the elderly to get care in homes, not hospices, and reducing the number of people eligible to get end-of-life care.
Count on it: The issue will be back on June 30. And don’t count on anyone in the Jindal administration to act with compassion. That’s not his style.