Health Care

September 12, 2018

Benefits of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion evident in new Census data

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The percentage of Louisiana residents without health insurance dropped into the single digits for the first time in 2017, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday. The state’s uninsured rate is 8.4 percent, down from 10.3 percent in 2016 and 16.6 percent in 2013, the year before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect.Read more...

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...

August 6, 2018

A paid family leave policy would fuel a stronger Louisiana

Most workers encounter a period in their life when they need time off from work to take care of their own health or that of a loved one, whether it be a newborn baby or a sick family member. Unfortunately, the vast majority of workers in Louisiana cannot take time off from work to provide that care while still getting paid.
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...