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Medicaid expansion not diverting resources from traditional Medicaid

Medicaid expansion in Louisiana has been a major success story. Since eligibility for the health insurance program was expanded in July 2016, more than 480,000 low-income adults have gained access to critical health services.

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Poverty data should be wake-up call for Louisiana

While the national economy continues to gain momentum, far too many families in Louisiana continue to be left behind. Data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau show that poverty and economic inequality remain stubbornly high across the state.

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A paid family leave policy would fuel a stronger Louisiana

Most workers encounter a period in their life when they need time off from work to take care of their own health or that of a loved one, whether it be a newborn baby or a sick family member. Unfortunately, the vast majority of workers in Louisiana cannot take time off from work to provide that care while still getting paid.

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Low-rated public schools in Louisiana are much more likely than highly rated ones to have teachers who are uncertified or are teaching outside their area of expertise, according to a survey released last week by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.

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33 - Percentage of teachers in “F” rated public schools in Louisiana who are either uncertified or teaching in a field outside their area of expertise. In “A” rated schools, the figure is 19 percent. (Source: BESE via The Advocate)

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BATON ROUGE – Black and Hispanic families in Louisiana have been disproportionately affected by a decade of cuts in state support for higher education, and the substantial tuition increases that have occurred as a result.

Average tuition and fees at a public four-year university accounted for 32 percent of median household income for Black families in Louisiana and 23 percent for Hispanic families in 2017, according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. This compares to 16 percent of median household income for white families.

Only six other states charge more for tuition and fees than Louisiana, when measured as a share of median income for Black households.

“The rising cost of college risks blocking one of America’s most important paths to economic mobility. And while these costs hinder progress for everyone, Black and Hispanic students continue to face the most significant barriers to opportunity,” said Michael Mitchell, senior policy analyst at CBPP and lead author of the report.

Louisiana cut more state funding from higher education than any other state, on a per-pupil basis, since the 2008 start of the Great Recession. To make up for those cuts, Louisiana more than doubled the tuition it charges students – a 105 percent increase that is also the nation’s largest.

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