nursing homes

September 11, 2018

Landry lawsuit threatens coverage protections

One of the most popular aspects of the Affordable Care Act is the protection it provides for people with pre-existing conditions from discrimination by health insurance companies.

Number of the Day

$48,000 - The annual income required for a family of four to break into the “middle class” of Louisiana. (Source: Pew Research Center)
August 6, 2018

The real state of the economy

By some measures, the U.S. economy is faring better than it has in years. At 4.1 percent, second-quarter growth was the fastest acceleration in four years.

Number of the Day

14.5 - Percentage of Louisiana nursing home residents who were mentally ill in 2016. A federal legal settlement is aimed at reducing that figure. (Source: The Associated Press)
May 3, 2018

Farm bill will hit rural families and economies hardest

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) currently keeps more than 400,000 households in Louisiana, including 407,000 children, from going hungry. A recent analysis of the House Agriculture Committee’s version of the federal farm bill lays out why it would increase food insecurity and hardship across the country.

Number of the Day

18.3 - percentage of households in Louisiana that are food insecure, which is 5.3 percentage points higher than the U.S. average. (Source: United States Department of Agriculture)
March 12, 2018

Session starts amid political tension

Louisiana legislators return to a politically fractured state Capitol for the start of a three-month regular session, where the state’s ongoing revenue crisis will remain unsolved as debates over education, health care coverage, gambling and the minimum wage will compete for the political spotlight.

Number of the Day

$6.8 billion - Total debt in Louisiana’s pension plan for state employees. Legislation filed for the upcoming session would create a “hybrid” plan for future state workers that includes a 401(k)-style investment account. (Source: The Associated Press)