Baton Rouge Area Chamber

February 8, 2018

Medicaid spending lower than expected

Louisiana’s Medicaid program has become a scapegoat for fiscal conservatives, who falsely blame the federal-state health care program for the state’s structural budget shortfall. In reality, state spending per enrollee is relatively low compared to other states and the Medicaid expansion is saving state general fund dollars.

Number of the Day

23.49- Percentage drop in Louisiana’s total enrollment in individual marketplace plans between 2017 to 2018, the largest drop of any state. (Source: National Academy for State Health Policy)
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)
August 22, 2017

Giving away the farm…and the school

The community group Together Louisiana released a report Monday that looks at how much a state industrial tax break program is costing East Baton Rouge Parish.

Number of the Day

$69.6 million - 2017 property tax revenue lost in East Baton Rouge parish via the Industrial Tax Exemption Program (Source: Together Louisiana)
August 16, 2017

The case for cost-sharing reductions

Stymied in his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump has threatened repeatedly to withhold the federal subsidy payments to health insurers that reduce the cost of copayments and deductibles that keep coverage affordable for people with low incomes.

Number of the Day

4  -  Number of poor families with children receiving TANF cash assistance out of every 100 poor families with children in Louisiana - the lowest percentage in the nation. (Source: The Urban Institute)