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Medicaid and the state budget

Posted on February 15, 2017

As Louisiana policymakers convene for a special session to address a $304 midyear budget gap, some analysts are claiming that growth in the state’s Medicaid budget is to blame for cuts in other areas of the state budget. Former state Treasurer (now U.S.… Read more...

Louisiana ranks low on many health indicators. But one area where our state has made significant gains in recent years is in providing health coverage to children.

While children in Louisiana are more likely to be poor than adults, they also are much more likely to have health insurance.… Read more...

More Louisianans than ever before were covered by health insurance in 2015, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Medicaid at 50: A Louisiana Success

Posted on July 30, 2015
Fifty years ago this week — July 30, 1965 — President Lyndon Johnson signed the law creating Medicaid. To mark the occasion, a new report from the Louisiana Budget Project shows just how important Medicaid is to the health and well-being of Louisianans.

Low cigarette taxes cost everyone

Posted on March 24, 2015
A large part of the costs of smoking in Louisiana are paid by people who don’t smoke.

By Steve Spires

One in six Louisianans—16.6 percent—went without health coverage last year, a rate that’s statistically unchanged from 2012. New data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that 751,000 Louisianans had no health insurance in 2013, which represents a drop of only 9,000 from 2012.… Read more...

LBP reviews the 2014 Legislature

Posted on June 4, 2014
The Louisiana Legislature wrapped up its 2014 regular session without tackling many of the state’s critical challenges, according to a new report by the Louisiana Budget Project. While legislators largely avoided the destructive cuts that have become the norm in recent years, they failed to address the state’s structural budget problems or take advantage of opportunities to help low-income families.

By Steve Spires

Now that the Senate has refused to extend Medicaid coverage to more than 240,000 Louisiana adults, it’s time to examine an alternative solution: The “America Next” health plan recently unveiled by Gov. Bobby Jindal’s new, Virginia-based policy organization.  … Read more...

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