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The Senate health-care plan would be devastating for Louisiana families, care providers and the state budget while providing a massive tax cut for the ultra-rich. Instead of fixing the many problems with the House-passed American Health Care Act, the newest version makes them worse by calling for even deeper cuts to the Medicaid program.Read more...

BATON ROUGE, LA – A new report by the Louisiana Budget Project details the ways that the new federal healthcare bill being drafted on Capitol Hill could hurt Louisiana citizens, healthcare providers and the state budget.

The report by LBP senior policy analyst Jeanie Donovan, AHCA and Louisiana, shows that the Medicaid expansion that has helped bring Louisiana’s uninsured rate to record lows would be phased out under the bill.… Read more...

The Legislature begins another special session this week – the fourth in 18 months under Gov. John Bel Edwards. The only job for legislators is to pass a budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year – a task that eluded them during the 60-day regular session when negotiations between the House and Senate broke down in the final hours.Read more...

Altogether, Louisiana’s pension systems pay out more than $4 billion in benefits to 164,000 retirees and their families every year—an amount equivalent to 2 percent of all personal income in the state.

More than two dozen organizations are calling on the Senate to reverse $237 million in unnecessary cuts to healthcare services ordered by the House of Representatives earlier this month.

In a  joint letter to the members of the Senate Finance Committee, groups that represent healthcare providers, patients and ordinary citizens said the proposed cuts are unnecessary, as the House simply refused to spend money that is available in the budget.… Read more...

The health bill passed by the House, in particular its proposal to cap and cut Medicaid and end the program’s expansion, would have devastating consequences for the 766,400 women in Louisiana who rely on the program, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.Read more...

Statement by Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller on the passage of the American Health Care Act:

“Today’s vote is deeply troubling news for hundreds of thousands of Louisiana families who struggle to afford health coverage or who suffer from pre-existing medical conditions.… Read more...

The Wrong Prescription

Posted on March 7, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was introduced March 6 in the U.S. House of Representatives, would be a major step backwards for Louisiana and for the hundreds of thousands of residents who have recently gained access to quality, affordable health coverage.… Read more...

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