Medicaid work requirements

November 16, 2018

Connecting SNAP recipients with employment and training

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) helps more than 900,000 Louisianans keep food on the table and frees up resources for families to meet other basic needs, such as paying the rent and keeping the lights on. But that’s not all the program offers: SNAP Employment and Training funds support programs that help SNAP recipients connect with work.

Number of the Day

8,462 - Number of Arkansans who lost health coverage due to the state’s new work reporting requirements, as of October. While these requirements have kicked thousands off the healthcare rolls, they have connected fewer than 1 percent of those individuals with new work activities. (Source: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute Center for Children and Families)
September 28, 2018

Louisiana ranks last in black student equity

Black citizens are underrepresented as undergraduates and on the faculties of America’s four-year public universities, according to a new report card by University of Southern California that was financed by the Ford Foundation. Nowhere is the problem worse than in Louisiana.

Number of the Day

121:1  - The ratio of black students to black faculty members at Nicholls State University - the highest among four-year public colleges in Louisiana. The state received the lowest score in the nation on a new scorecard for race equity in higher education  (Source: USC Race and Equity Center)
September 7, 2018

Work requirements debate continues

As the farm bill conference committee moved behind closed doors on Thursday, Rep. Ralph Abraham continued his support for punitive work requirements for SNAP recipients.

Number of the Day

$37 - The amount of corporate income tax Louisiana collected per capita in fiscal year 2016, the lowest of any state with a corporate income tax.  (Source: The Tax Foundation)
April 30, 2018

Stigmatizing the poor through Medicaid

In a small surprise, the state Legislature has backed off its attempts to force Medicaid recipients to have jobs in exchange for receiving health coverage, and to pay co-pays anytime they see a doctor - both of which were major issues earlier this year in a special session. But that doesn’t mean lawmakers have given up on harassing low-income people who need health care.

Number of the Day

73 - Percentage of state prison guards who quit within their first year on the job. Gov. John Bel Edwards wants $7 million included in next year’s budget for a salary hike in an attempt to reduce the attrition (Source: The Associated Press)