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Senate right to cancel vote on Cassidy-Graham

Posted on September 26, 2017

Louisiana Budget Project Director Jan Moller released the following statement about the U.S. Senate’s decision to cancel a vote on Sen. Bill Cassidy’s health care proposal:

“This is excellent news for the nearly two million Louisianans who rely on Medicaid or the individual marketplace to purchase their insurance.

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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.

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...

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...

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