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Medicaid work requirements would be counterproductive and costly

The majority of able-bodied, working age adults enrolled in Medicaid already are working. Most of those who are not working are caretakers, enrolled in school, or actively seeking employment.

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Most would get tax cut under Gov. John Bel Edwards’ tax plan

The governor’s tax plan is not perfect. But if all the elements are taken together, it would take a step toward making Louisiana’s broken tax system more fair and adequate.

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Policy Brief: AHCA is a Bad Deal for Louisiana

The Republican plan to replace the federal Affordable Care Act would shift billions of dollars in Medicaid costs from the federal government to the state - and would reduce the tax credit for people who buy coverage through the federal marketplace by an average of $3,013.

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Children’s advocacy groups celebrated Wednesday as the Senate advanced a bill that would end sentences of life without parole for juveniles.

Number of the Day

70,000-  Number of former offenders on parole or probation in Louisiana who would gain voting rights if HB 229 by Rep. Patricia Smith is passed. (Source: The Associated Press)

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Making a bad bill even worse

Posted on April 27, 2017

The U.S. House of Representatives could vote as early as Friday on the latest version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). The latest changes to the bill do nothing to remedy its most harmful consequences: An estimated 24 million fewer people with health insurance, hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to the Medicaid program and higher out-of-pocket costs for people who buy policies in the individual insurance marketplace.

The proposed amendment makes this bad bill even worse for Louisianans by gutting key consumer protections and eliminating basic coverage requirements for health plans. It would let insurers charge more for people who are old or sick and take America back to the days when people could be denied coverage because they had a pre-existing condition like cancer or diabetes.

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