Medicaid Expansion

October 16, 2019

A Medicaid “freeze” would reverse expansion gains

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Baton Rouge construction magnate Eddie Rispone has offered precious few clues about the policies he would pursue if he wins the Nov. 16 runoff to become Louisiana’s next governor. One of the few exceptions involves Medicaid, the federal-state program that provides health care coverage for more than 1.5 million Louisianans. Read more...

September 10, 2019

Louisiana’s uninsured rate remains low as national rate rises

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Louisiana’s uninsured rate (the percentage of people in the state without health insurance) remained at historically low levels in 2018 even as the national uninsured rate increased, according to federal data released this week. Read more...

July 9, 2019

Look north, not west, for a path to better child outcomes

Louisiana policymakers often look to Texas for solutions to chronic problems. But as LBP policy analyst Neva Butkus explains in a new blog, when it comes to removing barriers that keep children from reaching their full potential, a better template comes from Arkansas.… Read more...

December 4, 2018

Food banks are struggling to provide food

When conservative politicians push for work requirements as a condition of receiving food benefits, they often argue that food banks can step in to fill any gaps created if people lose government assistance. But as the holiday season kicks into high gear - traditionally a high point for giving - the shelves at many Louisiana food banks are bare, partly because food assistance has been going to areas that were hit by recent disasters. Gov. John Bel Edwards and First Lady Donna Edwards are calling for donations.

Number of the Day

$1.44 trillion - The amount of outstanding student loan debt in America, an increase of $37 billion in the third quarter of 2018. (Source: Federal Reserve Bank of New York via Bloomberg)