opioid epidemic

May 8, 2018

Citizens weigh in on the budget, again

Families with medically fragile children, advocates for people with disabilities and a host of other advocates convened on the Senate Finance Committee on Monday to urge its rejection of the House-passed budget.

Number of the Day

$7 billion - Amount proposed to be cut from CHIP under President Donald Trump’s rescission proposal (Source: Washington Post)
February 16, 2018

Getting a loan in Lafayette

Buying a home - and building the equity that is the foundation of most family wealth - is much harder in America for people of color.

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$3.9 million- Taxpayer dollars used since 2004 to settle harassment claims of state workers. (Source: The Advocate)
January 19, 2018

The politics of TOPS

As Gov. John Bel Edwards prepares to release his doomsday budget on Monday, the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) is once again in the center of the debate over Louisiana’s budget priorities.

Number of the Day

76 - Percent of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion enrollees who are already working, caring for family members, or in school. (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)
September 13, 2017

Louisiana uninsured rate hits historic low

More Louisiana residents than ever before were covered by health insurance in 2016, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Number of the Day

43 - percent increase in opioid addiction treatment prescriptions in Medicaid expansion states relative to non-expansion states. (Source: The New York Times' Upshot blog)