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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 majority of able-bodied, working age adults enrolled in Medicaid already are working. Most of those who are not working are caretakers, enrolled in school, or actively seeking employment.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ executive budget for fiscal year 2017-18 allocates $2.58 billion in state general funds for the Louisiana Department of Health – the second largest commitment of state funds after the Department of Education. The vast majority of that ($2.22 billion – or 86 percent) will go to support the Medicaid program, where it will be used to draw down federal matching funds.… Read more...

The Republican plan to replace the federal Affordable Care Act would shift billions of dollars in Medicaid costs from the federal government to the state - and would reduce the tax credit for people who buy coverage through the federal marketplace by an average of $3,013.

Medicaid: Fiscal Year 2018 State Budget

Posted on March 16, 2017

John Bel Edwards’ executive budget for fiscal year 2017-18 proposes to spend $2.2 billion in state general funds to provide Medicaid health coverage for 1.7 million Louisiana residents. That translates to a $229 million reduction in state spending on Medicaid – or 12 percent below current-year levels after accounting for inflation.Read more...

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...

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