Sue Lincoln

Reporter

Sue Lincoln is a veteran reporter in the political arena. Her radio experience began in the early ’80s, in “the other L-A” — Los Angeles.

Since her transplantation to Louisiana 25 years ago, she has covered the state, the capital, and its colorful cast of characters for Louisiana Radio Network, LPB and the Southern Education Desk.

Now she’s focusing her experience and expertise on producing WRKF’s Capitol Access.

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As Louisiana deals with chronic shortages in the state healthcare budget and works through accepting the federal Medicaid expansion, a whole lot of acronyms are being tossed around, like ACA, IGTs, CMS, IAT, DSH payments, FMAP rates.

What the heck is all this alphabet soup, you ask? Here’s a quick class on Medicaid terminology.

First is “ACA”, which stands for the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Then there’s “CMS”, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare services. That’s the federal administrative and rule-making authority for Medicaid.

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Jay Dardenne, Governor-elect John Bel Edwards’ designee for Commissioner of Administration, held a press conference Wednesday, regarding the state budget.

“We are going to speak the truth, frankly and boldly: the situation is more dire than we thought it was. It is not pretty. It is not sugar-coated. It’s just the facts.”

Louisiana’s budget has an immensely deep hole, with the current budget now appearing to be another $750-million in the red.

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Much of the 2015 Louisiana political news was dominated by the guy who used to tell us, “I’ve got the job that I want,” as well as by those vying to take over that job.

Governor Bobby Jindal began the final year of his administration with a controversial prayer rally at LSU, where he declared, “We can’t just elect a candidate to fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.”

But the rally was no fix for the state’s massive budget deficit. Neither was Jindal’s stance, based on his pledge to Grover Norquist.

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There are a several substantial pots of federal grant dollars Louisiana receives each year. One of them, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is known as “Community Services Block Grants”. Bryan Moore, director of the Office of Workforce Development which administers the program, explains how it works.

“The funding comes through our office as pass-through funds to these community action agencies, that’s going to people who live in poverty.”

Moore says 42 agencies serve the state’s 64 parishes.

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Merry Christmas Eve!

Have you ever wished you could peek in on the holiday celebrations of politicians? Today you can. Governor-elect John Bel Edwards was kind enough to share his family’s plans for this very special Christmas.

“We’re going to stay home this year and enjoy Christmas at our house.”

Edwards says that means this year they will be doing many things that have become family traditions.

“We always go to mass on the afternoon of Christmas Eve, and so we will do that at St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite – probably at the five o’clock mass.”

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