health care

Elbert Gillory
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Former state lawmakers Elbert Guillory, (R)-Opelousas, and Melissa Flournoy, (D)-Shreveport, weigh in on national and state politics as another vote on health care reform looms in the U.S. Senate.


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Activist Faye Williams comments on the health care plan proposed by President Donald Trump. Williams is Chair of the National Congress of Black Women.

Williams is also a former candidate for Congress from Louisiana.


Quin Hilyer
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Today we're talking to political writers. Quin Hillyer of the American Spectator and Lamar White of Bayou Brief reflect from different sides of the political spectrum on President Donald Trump's chances of convincing the U.S. Senate to pass health care reform this week.


Andy Slavitt analyzes the health care bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act recently passed by the U.S. House. Slavitt is former acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under President Obama.


Mike Bertaud is the senior economist for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. Bertaud assesses the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act as the U.S. House voted Thursday to scrap the health care law that has been in place since 2010.


Louisiana Legislative Auditor

When a Medicaid recipient in Louisiana needs to get to a doctor’s appointment, but has no means of transportation, the Department of Health and Hospitals offers a ride, either in an ambulance or a non-emergency vehicle. 

The Legislative Auditor says there are some inventory problems with the LSU Health Care Services Division. 

Health care funding bleeds the most when Louisiana’s budget is in the red. Since it appears the scalpel will be wielded for some time yet to come, how do gubernatorial candidates plan to stitch Louisiana’s health care together?

”I would accept the Medicaid expansion, and I would do it very early in my administration,” John Bel Edwards says, adding that it makes fiscal sense. “They’re our tax dollars that are going to other states.”

David Vitter is more reserved about accepting the Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

“I have not taken off the table — I’ve been very clear about this — expanding coverage under the Medicaid program.” But, Vitter says he would set conditions for doing so.

Jack Hua is a third year medical school student at Tulane University.  "It's such an enormous feat to get into medical school.  We've been working hard for a really long time.  The specialties make so much more money.  Obviously, someone making $150,000 a year is going to be well-off, it's just that when you compare that to $450,000..." he says.


Dr. L. Lee Montgomery, a primary care physician at Louisiana Family Medicine in Baton Rouge, says a good doctor-patient relationship can also reduce the cost of care.


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