by Garrett Clawson
When the Louisiana Legislature debated – and rejected – the expansion of Medicaid in 2013 and 2014, nobody really knew for sure how the new system would work. But now, after more than two dozen states have expanded health coverage for low-income adults using federal dollars, we have proof that this approach helps patients and health-care providers while saving money in state budgets.
Unfortunately, this evidence was not enough to persuade the House and Senate health committees, which this week voted to reject the coverage expansion for the third year in a row. This decision means almost 300,000 low-income Louisiana adults will have to wait longer for access to affordable health care.