Posts tagged with Medicaid

One of the few bills that advanced out of committee this week is a dangerous proposal from House Speaker Taylor Barras to change the formula that governs the state spending cap.

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$40 million - amount of additional state funding requested by two education advisory groups this week, the equivalent of 1 percent of the state’s current allocation to public schools. (Source: The Advocate)

Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives are seeking to add out-of-pocket costs to Louisiana’s Medicaid program as a condition of agreeing to replace some revenue from expiring taxes. While it may seem sensible at first blush to require small copays or premiums from Medicaid recipients, an abundance of research shows that these payments don’t actually work.Read more...

Looking beyond the “temporary” sales tax

Posted on February 15, 2018
The “temporary” 1-cent increase in Louisiana’s state sales tax, approved by lawmakers in 2016, was supposed to serve as a bridge to structural tax reforms. But those reforms never came, as House leaders rejected the recommendations of its own task force and other reform advocates.

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$2 trillion - Projected annual federal deficit in 2027 as a result of President Donald Trump’s 2019 executive budget. (Source: The New York Times via Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget)

Medicaid expansion is working

Posted on February 14, 2018
As the Legislature heads toward a long-anticipated special session, some conservatives have tried blaming Louisiana’s Medicaid program - instead of expiring temporary taxes -  for the state’s ongoing structural budget deficits.

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$115 billion - Estimated annual cost of the ongoing opioid crisis in 2017. Most of the cost is due to lost earnings and productivity from overdose deaths. (Source: Altarum via Axios)

Medicaid spending lower than expected

Posted on February 8, 2018
Louisiana’s Medicaid program has become a scapegoat for fiscal conservatives, who falsely blame the federal-state health care program for the state’s structural budget shortfall. In reality, state spending per enrollee is relatively low compared to other states and the Medicaid expansion is saving state general fund dollars.

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23.49- Percentage drop in Louisiana’s total enrollment in individual marketplace plans between 2017 to 2018, the largest drop of any state. (Source: National Academy for State Health Policy)

Governor optimistic about state’s future

Posted on January 25, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards paid a visit to The Advocate’s editorial board last week, and said he remains optimistic about Louisiana’s trajectory despite the Legislature’s failure to address the state’s chronic structural budget shortfalls.

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40.1 - Amount of federal aid Louisiana receives as a percentage of state general revenue. (Source: Tax Foundation)

A new approach to work requirements?

Posted on January 23, 2018
Gov. John Bel Edwards has yet to lay out his vision for how to connect Medicaid recipients with jobs; those details are being worked on by an outside consultant. But in a letter to The Advocate, Louisiana Health Secretary Rebekah Gee suggests it won’t be the punitive approach favored by state Sen. Sharon Hewitt and other legislators.

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$5.8 billion- Amount of money in tips that workers would lose under a proposed U.S. Department of Labor rule that would allow restaurants to pocket their workers’ tips as long as they pay at least a minimum wage. (Source: Economic Policy Institute)

What’s the price of tax reform?

Posted on January 22, 2018
For almost two years now, one key question has overhung the debate over Louisiana’s structural budget shortfall: What will it take for House Republicans to support a package of permanent, sustainable revenue measures to replace the temporary, 1-cent sales tax enacted in 2016?

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70,953 - Total state employees at the end of the 2016-17 fiscal year, down from 100,486 in FY2009 (Source: Popular Annual Financial Report/Division of Administration)

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