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Medicaid at 50: A Louisiana Success

Fifty years ago this week — July 30, 1965 — President Lyndon Johnson signed the law creating Medicaid. To mark the occasion, a new report from the Louisiana Budget Project shows just how important Medicaid is to the health and well-being of Louisianans.

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The LABI scorecard; State subsidized beauty pageant; Shreveport hospitals fight and; Old and poor in Louisiana

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The Louisiana Budget Project released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell:

Today’s Supreme Court’s decision is a major victory for the 138,000 Louisianans who were in danger of losing their health coverage. It affirms that Congress intended for Americans in every state to have access to  tax credits that make coverage affordable.

The case was a desperate attempt by opponents of the law to deny the promise of health coverage to millions of Americans, and an adverse ruling would have crippled state insurance markets. Most legal experts found little basis to the lawsuit, and fortunately, the Supreme Court agreed.

We now know that health reform is here to stay, and every month brings new evidence that it is working. More people are getting health coverage, which improves access to primary care doctors and preventive care. With fewer uninsured patients, hospitals and clinics are getting reimbursed for more of the services they provide, which is good news for state economies. Continue reading…

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