Louisiana Medicaid

December 4, 2018

Five points of clarification on recent Louisiana Medicaid audit

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The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s recent review of Medicaid eligibility determinations caught the attention of journalists, the Legislature and political pundits. But the audit findings were more nuanced than the headlines suggest, and a careful reading of the audit report reveals findings that aren’t as salacious as conservative critics would have you think.Read more...

April 13, 2018

Budget brief: Looming Medicaid cuts threaten Louisiana’s health care system and put lives in jeopardy

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As the end of state fiscal year 2018 nears, Louisiana’s state agencies and administrators are trying to figure out what their budgets might look like come July 1. For now, they have to plan as if the state will go over the “fiscal cliff,” meaning the Legislature will allow almost $1.4 billion in temporary taxes to expire without enacting any replacement measures.Read more...

February 16, 2018

Burdening Medicaid recipients with out-of-pocket costs won’t achieve intended goals

Republican leaders in the state House of Representatives are seeking to add out-of-pocket costs to Louisiana’s Medicaid program as a condition of agreeing to replace some revenue from expiring taxes. While it may seem sensible at first blush to require small copays or premiums from Medicaid recipients, an abundance of research shows that these payments don’t actually work.Read more...

March 22, 2017

Policy Brief: AHCA is a Bad Deal for Louisiana

The Republican plan to replace the federal Affordable Care Act would shift billions of dollars in Medicaid costs from the federal government to the state - and would reduce the tax credit for people who buy coverage through the federal marketplace by an average of $3,013.