DALLAS - A revised business plan for a proposed new medical center in New Orleans supports construction of the $1.2 billion facility, but indicates that the Louisiana Legislature will have to provide financial support to the bond-financed project.

The new hospital will require an annual appropriation from Louisiana's general fund estimated at $105 million a year, but that's cheaper than the $184 million a year that would be required by 2016 if an interim medical facility is kept open instead.

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