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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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As Gov. John Bel Edwards prepares to release his doomsday budget on Monday, the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is once again in the center of the debate over Louisiana’s budget priorities.

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76 - Percent of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion enrollees who are already working, caring for family members, or in school. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)

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Medicaid Work Requirements Don’t Work

Posted on January 12, 2018

President Donald Trump’s administration announced this week that states would be allowed to impose work requirements as a condition of receiving Medicaid health coverage. Gov. John Bel Edwards said his administration is “actively working” on a proposal to connect adult Medicaid recipients with work or job-training opportunities. While the idea of a work requirement may sound good to some, the reality is that it would take away health coverage, create more red tape and make it harder for many people who want to work to find employment.

Here are some facts policymakers should consider:

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