Sarah Kliff

October 5, 2017

Ranking the parishes on early childhood

The quality of care and education children receive in their earliest years can affect them for a lifetime.

Number of the Day

$55.8 million- Amount of federal grant money Louisiana was selected to receive to improve literacy rates among children from birth to grade 12. (Source:  Will Sentell, The Advocate)
October 3, 2017

Mass murder and American exceptionalism

The killing of 59 innocent people in Las Vegas late Sunday has predictably reignited the uniquely American debate over firearms regulation.

Number of the Day

73,000 - Number of Louisianans suffering from hepatitis C, placing Louisiana among the 10 most affected states in the nation. (Source: Louisiana Department of Health)
September 22, 2017

Cassidy’s disastrous bill (cont’d)

The Medicaid directors of all 50 states and the District of Columbia came together Thursday with a clear, unanimous message on Sen. Bill Cassidy’s health repeal legislation: it’s bad policy being pushed through an irresponsible process.

Number of the Day

44,772 - Number of Louisianans participating in Medicaid-funded home or community based services, which are put at risk under the Cassidy-Graham legislation. (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
September 21, 2017

Cassidy’s disastrous bill

Every major health group in the country opposes Sen. Bill Cassidy’s attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act that would lead to major coverage losses, decimation of the Medicaid program and instability in the individual market.

Number of the Day

$97 billion - Total loss of federal funding for Louisiana under the Cassidy-Graham proposal from 2020 - 2036. (Source: Avalere)