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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)
The American Health Care Act would be devastating for the state budget, health care providers and residents of all parts of the state.

Into the home stretch

Posted on May 30, 2017
Louisiana legislators return from the Memorial Day break with little more than a week left in which to broker a compromise between the House and Senate on the $28 billion state budget.

Number of the Day

$56.5 billion - Increase in disposable personal income in April, over the previous month - an increase of 0.4 percent. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)

Looking for leverage

Posted on May 25, 2017
Looking for leverage in the ongoing debate over Louisiana’s budget shortfall and the impending fiscal cliff, a bloc of Louisiana’s Democrats struck down a construction financing bill, which requires a two-thirds vote in order to pass.

Number of the Day

23 million - Number of people who would lose health insurance coverage if the House-passed AHCA becomes law. (Source: Congressional Budget Office)

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