Daily Dime

June 24, 2019

Melanie Bronfin

When the number of young children served by Louisiana’s child care assistance program plunged in the late 2000s from more than 40,000 to 15,000 due to budget cuts, it didn’t get a lot of attention at the state Capitol. But Melanie Bronfin noticed.Read more...

June 21, 2019

Shrinking the wait list (some) for child care assistance

A little over a decade ago, Louisiana provided child care assistance to 40,000 children from low-income families. Though the benefit didn’t reach all families in need and the benefit wasn’t enough to cover high quality care, the Child Care Assistance Program nonetheless helped with one of the most significant costs low-income working families face while making it easier for many low-income parents to go to work.Read more...

June 20, 2019

Medicaid work requirements don’t work

Nearly one-fourth of the people subject to a new Medicaid work requirement in Arkansas lost their coverage in the first year of implementation. This despite the fact that more than 95% of the target population in the state appear either to meet the work requirement or to qualify for an exemption.… Read more...

June 19, 2019

Medicaid helps people who lose their jobs

One of the success stories of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion has been its effectiveness at providing health coverage for people who have recently suffered a job loss. This is a valuable alternative to forcing people to either pay for expensive COBRA coverage or lose coverage altogether.Read more...