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Legislature block closure of LSU hospital in Pineville

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - The LSU-run public hospital in central Louisiana will be shuttered, after the House gave final passage to legislation authorizing the closure.

Lawmakers agreed to Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization plan for the charity hospital, despite the recent rejection of federal financing plans for other hospital outsourcing deals.

The House voted 65-29 Wednesday to allow the shutdown of the university-run Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville and the transfer of its services to two nearby private hospitals.

The closure is Jindal's ninth and final privatization deal for the state-owned hospitals.

Alexandria Rep. Lance Harris, a Republican, says privatization will provide better care for the uninsured.

Marksville Rep. Robert Johnson, a Democrat, opposed the hospital closure, saying too many financing questions remain.

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