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Posts tagged with Medicaid

Wednesday, August 13

Posted on August 13, 2014

State employees will pay significantly more for health coverage; Urban Institute outlines fiscal impact of not expanding Medicaid; Louisiana gets mixed reviews on child welfare scorecard; Grant funds support healthy foods initiative

Friday, Oct. 4, 2013

Posted on October 4, 2013

Economist: America close to “ungovernable”; Federal aid for pregnant women and children funded through October; 800 Louisiana youth qualify for autism treatment through Medicaid; Teachers begin receiving merit pay based on evaluation scores; Herman Wallace dies a free man

2,000 –The number of federal workers and National Guard troops in Louisiana who are unable to work due to the federal shutdown. (Source:

A new analysis from the Louisiana Budget Project shows that while House Bills 532 and 533 would bring new federal dollars in to the state’s healthcare budget, other provisions would ultimately bind lawmakers in a way that could compromise Louisiana’s ability to fund basic services in the future.… Read more…

The effort to extend health coverage to low-income Louisianans does not end with today’s disappointing vote in the House, or yesterday’s setback in the Senate. The Legislature’s decision doesn’t change the fact that too many of our hard-working fellow citizens do not have access to basic health security.… Read more…

Medicaid Costs Less than Private Insurance

Posted on January 21, 2011

Posted by: Teaway Zehyoue Collins

According to a recent report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Medicaid costs less and offers more benefits than private insurance companies. For example, Medicaid costs 27 percent less for children and 20 percent less for adults than the same benefits provided by private insurance.… Read more…

Medicaid: Doing Less with Less

Posted on October 29, 2010

Posted by: Teaway Zehyoue Collins

In response to Louisiana’s current fiscal crisis, Governor Jindal has admonished his executive branch leaders to “do more with less.”  The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals recently proposed $20.8 million in cuts to the current year budget to make up for DHH’s share of the state’s FY2010 budget deficit of $107 million. … Read more…

Levine estimates miss the mark

Posted on June 30, 2010

In his Letter to the Editor “Levine estimates miss the mark,” published in the June 30, 2010, edition of the Baton Rouge Advocate, LBP Director Edward Ashworth corrects Louisiana’s Secretary of Health and Hospitals’ inflated estimate of the state’s cost of federal healthcare reform. … Read more…

In a letter to Louisiana’s nine-member Congressional delegation, the Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) and its parent organization, the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO), warn a combination of economic and legislative conditions is set to decimate the safety net for Louisiana’s most vulnerable populations.

According to the LBP and LANO, Louisiana will lose an estimated $1.3 billion in federal Medicaid funding in state fiscal years 2011 and 2012, with an on-going, annualized reduction of $900 million.

But time is critical and Congress needs to act now. Louisiana’s budget for fiscal year 2011 is being drafted now and will be finalized in February 2010 for presenting to the Legislature in March.

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