Andrea Gallo

February 7, 2018

Special session comes into focus

It’s looking increasingly likely that Gov. John Bel Edwards will call legislators into a special session starting Feb. 19 in an effort to fill the $1 billion revenue hole caused by expiring taxes.

Number of the Day

385,000 - Number of Louisianans who receive critical primary care from community health centers. (Source: The Advocate)
August 24, 2017

Cassidy-Graham bill would gut Medicaid

Sen. Bill Cassidy has said repeatedly that his latest health-care bill would “give power back to the states and back to patients.”

Number of the Day

3,835 -  Number of young immigrants in Louisiana who have been granted temporary legal status under  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). (Source: U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services)
April 20, 2017

The changing mission of TOPS

The Nola.com/Times-Picayune editorial board says that if lawmakers don’t fully fund the TOPS scholarship program, low and moderate-income families should be prioritized for full awards.

Number of the Day

$2.6 billion - Medicaid costs that would be shifted from the federal government to Louisiana from 2020 - 2023 under the American Health Care Act, which House GOP leaders are signaling they want to revive. (Source: LBP analysis)
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)