August 27, 2018

Medicaid boosts school readiness

As Louisiana children head back to school this month, there’s one thing that is critical to each student’s success that’s not on their teacher’s list of required school supplies: health insurance. Fortunately, almost all children in the state (97.6 percent) have coverage – with more than half of them getting it through Louisiana’s Medicaid program.Read more...

June 1, 2018

House budget leaves health care with deep cuts, again

With just four days left in the special session, the Louisiana House of Representatives passed a budget that would cut $620 million from the state’s health care system. The $119 million state general fund reduction in the House budget would lead to the loss of $433 million in federal funds and $68 million from other (mostly local) funding sources.Read more...

April 26, 2018

The health care budget still falls far short of what is needed

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A recent uptick in the state’s revenue forecast allowed the House of Representatives to restore $92 million in planned cuts to the Medicaid program. Unfortunately, that money is not nearly enough to make up for the devastating cuts to Louisiana’s health care safety net included in the latest version of the Fiscal Year 2019 budget.Read more...

April 13, 2018

Budget brief: Looming Medicaid cuts threaten Louisiana’s health care system and put lives in jeopardy

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As the end of state fiscal year 2018 nears, Louisiana’s state agencies and administrators are trying to figure out what their budgets might look like come July 1. For now, they have to plan as if the state will go over the “fiscal cliff,” meaning the Legislature will allow almost $1.4 billion in temporary taxes to expire without enacting any replacement measures.Read more...