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Edwards wants specifics on budget cuts

Posted on November 10, 2017
Conservative critics who want to address Louisiana’s $1.5 billion fiscal “cliff” with budget cuts instead of tax reform have an obligation to detail where those cuts should occur, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday to several hundred citizen activists convened by Together Louisiana.

Number of the Day

601,462 - Number of people who signed up for health insurance through the ACA’s individual marketplace during the first four days of enrollment, outpacing sign-ups from last year. (Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services)

Tax plan favors richest

Posted on November 3, 2017
The $1.5 trillion House tax plan released Thursday prioritizes tax cuts for the wealthiest households and profitable corporations and would dramatically increase the deficit.

Number of the Day

13 million - Number of families who make under $100,000 per year who would face a tax increase under the House tax plan. (Source: The New York Times)

The GOP targets Medicaid

Posted on October 16, 2017
Louisiana’s Medicaid program has grown considerably in recent years - from less than $8 billion five years ago to more than $12 billion in the current budget cycle. Most of that growth is due to an influx of federal funding associated with Medicaid expansion, and it’s buying something very important: secure, portable health coverage for more than 400,000 low-income adults.

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Number of the Day $57 million - State dollars spent, of $147 million promised, to bring IBM to downtown Baton Rouge. (Source: The Advocate)

Sen. Cassidy should work across the aisle

Posted on August 30, 2017
When Congress returns from its August recess on Tuesday, there will be bipartisan efforts in both the House and Senate to find workable solutions to the real problems in our healthcare system. Unfortunately, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy continue to push an ultra-partisan bill that would destroy the Medicaid program and cause millions of Americans to lose their health insurance.

Number of the Day

Number of the Day 55 - Percentage of 18- to 29-year-old workers who have a favorable view of unions. Only 46 percent of workers age 30 and older have a favorable view of unions. (Source: Pew Research Center)
Members of Congress have a long to-do list awaiting them when they return from August recess, and one thing sure to be at the top of that list is re-authorizing the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Number of the Day

66 -  Percentage of minimum wage workers in Louisiana who are women.  (Source: Economic Policy Institute)

Happy (belated) birthday, Medicaid

Posted on August 4, 2017
The Medicaid program turned 52 years old this week. That’s how long it’s been since President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the unique federal-state partnership that finances health coverage that nearly 1.6 million Louisianans now depend on.

Number of the Day

4 - Number of jobs created by Stixis, a technology firm whose deal with the state required creation of 900 jobs by 2019 to qualify for tax credits. (Source: Greater Baton Rouge Business Report)

The U.S. Senate has now turned its attention back to reviving the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)–a bill that simply cannot be fixed and is incredibly unpopular. Approval of the bill among the American public has hovered between 12 and 27 percent.Read more...

Medicaid cuts and kids

Posted on June 30, 2017
Louisiana’s pediatricians have pushed back hard against the Medicaid caps and cuts included in the Senate’s “health care” bill.

Number of the Day

35 - Percent cut to Medicaid over the next two decades under the Senate “health” bill. The cuts are projected to leave 15 million people without health insurance by 2026, with even more losing coverage during the following decade as cuts become more severe. (Source: Congressional Budget Office)

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