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BATON ROUGE – The public safety net affects Louisiana residents in every city, town and legislative district. It helps families put food on the table in hard times, access medical care when they need it and provides tuition assistance that makes college more affordable.Read more...

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s Medicaid program is the largest item in the state budget, and consumes more state general-fund dollars than anything except education. It also is a lifeline for nearly 1.8 million Louisiana citizens who are either low-income or have a disability.Read more...

Understanding Medicaid in Louisiana

Posted on December 10, 2018
Louisiana Budget Project has created two new resources aimed at helping lawmakers, the media and the public better understand the state’s Medicaid program.
Louisiana has made great strides in providing health coverage for children in recent years. But the state still lags behind the rest of the country on some key quality measures, which could be improved with strategic policy changes.

This school year every student in more than 1,000 Louisiana schools – including almost all of the highest-poverty schools in the state – will walk into the lunchroom knowing that there is a hot, nutritious meal waiting for them regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.Read more...

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The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s recent review of Medicaid eligibility determinations caught the attention of journalists, the Legislature and political pundits. But the audit findings were more nuanced than the headlines suggest, and a careful reading of the audit report reveals findings that aren’t as salacious as conservative critics would have you think.Read more...

Louisiana’s history of institutionalized racism has created barriers to economic prosperity for many people of color in the state. Black households in Louisiana are poorer, on average, than white households. And because of that, they also pay a higher percentage of their income in state and local taxes than white households.Read more...

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