August 28, 2018

Medicaid is important to academic success

More than half of Louisiana children get health coverage through Medicaid, and the access provided by this coverage has vast implications on their ability to perform in school. To kick off the school year, the LBP’s Jeanie Donovan writes about the importance of Medicaid for children in Louisiana

Number of the Day

3 - the percentage that Louisiana’s population grew between 2010 and 2017, which is significantly lower than Texas and Florida at 13 and 12 percent. (Source: | The Times Picayune)
May 23, 2017

Policy brief: SB 153 establishes a minimum wage for Louisiana

For the second year in a row, the Senate Labor Committee agreed to establish a minimum wage in Louisiana. Sen. Troy Carter’s Senate Bill 153 would require workers to be paid at least $8.50 per hour starting in 2019 – and would make Louisiana the 30th state with a minimum wage higher than the $7.25 federal rate.Read more...

April 6, 2017

A Medicaid marathon

Louisiana spends less than the national average, on a per-capita basis, to support its Medicaid program, and the growth of Medicaid spending in Louisiana is also slower than average.

Number of the Day

$43,032 -  The average Household Survival Budget for a Louisiana family of four — nearly double the federally recognized family poverty level of $23,550. (Source: The ALICE Report - 2016 Update)