Grace Toohey

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)
November 2, 2017

House proposes huge corporate income tax cut

House Republicans released their tax plan this morning, one day later than originally scheduled due to last-minute negotiations. The plan would cut taxes for corporations and individuals by $1.51 trillion over a decade, which would likely force cuts to federal health and safety-net programs that benefit middle-class families.

Number of the Day

85 - Percentage of students in alternative schools in Louisiana who are black; just 44 percent of the state’s student population is black.  (Source: Nola.com/The Times Picayune)