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Louisiana families continue to struggle

The poverty rate in Louisiana for adults and children remained unacceptably high in 2016 even as other states saw significant improvements. New U.S. Census data released Thursday also show that Louisiana continues to have one of the highest rates of income inequality in the United States.

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Uninsured rate at historic low. Progress threatened by repeal efforts.

More Louisianans than ever before were covered by health insurance in 2016, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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NEW REPORT: State of Working Louisiana

Every Louisiana worker deserves access to a steady job, with good benefits, that pays enough to afford basic necessities. But that is not the reality for many families in our state.

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Every major health group in the country opposes Sen. Bill Cassidy’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would lead to major coverage losses, decimation of the Medicaid program and instability in the individual market.

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$97 billion - Total loss of federal funding for Louisiana under the Cassidy-Graham proposal from 2020 - 2036. (Source: Avalere)

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Children’s health advocates were encouraged by last week’s announcement that key senators had struck a deal to reauthorize the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for five years. Unfortunately, Sen. Bill Cassidy’s last-ditch partisan effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is getting in the way of the effort to renew CHIP before its expiration date, which could have devastating consequences for kids.

CHIP is set to expire on Sept. 30, leaving Congress just 10 days to renew the program that provides health coverage to near 9 million children nationwide, including 120,000 in Louisiana. A “clean” reauthorization – which doesn’t use the program as a vehicle to press an unrelated partisan agenda – is critical to ensuring uninterrupted health care for these kids.

Sources: Louisiana Department of Health, July 2017 LaCHIP enrollment; U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey.

Congress created CHIP in 1997 as a bipartisan effort to reduce the number of uninsured children and improve health outcomes by ensuring early and ongoing access to care. The program has worked as intended: The number of children without health insurance has dropped dramatically, and health outcomes have improved. Before CHIP, 15 percent of American children were uninsured (18 percent in Louisiana). By 2015, just 5 percent of children were uninsured. Louisiana did even better, dropping its uninsured rate for children to 4 percent.  

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