Press Releases

April 1, 2020

Unemployment insurance reforms will boost our economy and improve public health

Tens of thousands of Louisianans have lost their jobs as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Congress has responded by increasing unemployment benefits and providing new funding for states to administer these benefits. But there are several key steps that Gov.Read more...

January 29, 2020

Louisiana can lower health insurance insurance costs for those who need it most

State policymakers can lower health insurance costs and increase coverage rates by establishing a state-run reinsurance program and providing state subsidies for low- and moderate-income households, according to a new report from LBP policy director Stacey Roussel. These policy changes would help both low- and moderate-income Louisianans and help those that aren’t covered through Medicaid expansion.Read more...

October 16, 2019

New research proves that Medicaid expansion saves lives

BATON ROUGE – Louisiana’s 2016 decision to expand Medicaid coverage to low-income adults will save the lives of approximately 764 residents over four years, according to landmark new research. 

The Louisiana results are found in a new study that shows that Medicaid expansion has prevented 19,200 premature deaths nationwide.Read more...

September 26, 2019

Poverty Drops (slightly) in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – Fewer Louisiana adults and children were living in poverty in 2018 than the year before, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau. The most significant drop was among children of color, which dropped by 4 percentage points to 43%.Read more...