Medicaid expansion

Wallis Watkins

The Louisiana Budget Project, a indepedent nonprofit that studies budget policy in the state, released a report Tuesday detailing how the American Health Care Act could impact Louisiana. 


wbur.org

With a new Congress in place, it’s item one on their agenda:

“We’re going to repeal Obamacare,” Vice President-elect Mike Pence declared last week, and initial legislation for repeal is expected to start moving through the congressional process this week. But what happens after repeal?


Sue Lincoln

The legislature's Joint Health and Welfare Committee met Thursday to consider a contract extension for the company that processes the state's Medicaid bills.

S. Lincoln

We often talk about the Revenue Estimating Conference, but did you know that since 1990 the state is supposed to have other estimating conferences for education, criminal justice, health and social services, and for transportation?

Wallis Watkins

It’s been a year and a half since North Baton Rouge had an emergency room. On Wednesday, Governor John Bel Edwards announced plans that will change that. 


Where's the Honey?

Apr 19, 2016
Rex Fortenberry

As week five of the 11-week legislative session began, the Capitol was a hive of activity. Governor John Bel Edwards testified about Medicaid expansion in the Senate Health committee.

“In the first year alone, expansion’s going to save the state more than 180-million dollars,” the governor said.

Sue Lincoln

“You know, I’m happy with where we are at this point in the regular session.”

Governor John Bel Edwards sat down with the Capitol press corps Thursday, updating us on legislative happenings from his point of view.

“I like having a 3-month regular session, instead of a 3-week special session,” he said with a grin, then continued more seriously.

Wallis Watkins

“Access to healthcare not only results in better individual outcomes.  It also helps to grow a productive workforce,” Governor John Bel Edwards told the Louisiana Health Summit, held Tuesday at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.

He told health care stakeholders in attendance that with the state budget crisis, accepting Medicaid expansion makes fiscal sense.

“This Medicaid expansion is more important today because of that shortfall and because of the challenges around our safety-net system, than it would have been otherwise.”

United States House of Representatives

Four Republicans and one Democrat have announced their candidacy for the United States Senate seat currently held by David Vitter. One of those Republicans is Representative Charles Boustany of Louisiana’s Third Congressional district. 


S. Lincoln

(This is an encore episode.)

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.


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