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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.Read more...

Louisiana families continue to struggle

Posted on September 14, 2017
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.
More Louisianans than ever before were covered by health insurance in 2016, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

NEW REPORT: State of Working Louisiana

Posted on September 7, 2017
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.

Congress has a lot on its plate as it returns to work this week from its annual August vacation. The list of “must-pass” legislation includes raising the debt ceiling, reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program, making a down-payment on Hurricane Harvey relief and passing a bill to keep the federal government from shutting down.Read more...

Sen. Cassidy should work across the aisle

Posted on August 29, 2017

The August recess gave members of Congress a much-needed opportunity to step back from the failed, partisan effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act and develop workable solutions to the real problems in our healthcare system. Many lawmakers used their annual break to listen to the needs of their constituents, talk with experts, and working across the aisle to find a new path forward when they return in September.Read more...

Baton Rouge, LOUISIANA –  The Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal bill being pushed by Sen. Bill Cassidy would cut Louisiana’s federal funding for health coverage by $2.3 billion in 2026, according to a new report by the Washington DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.  Read more...

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