A Medicaid Expansion plan passed the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare Tuesday in a 4, 3 vote.
Opponents of the expansion repeated the arguments they’ve given throughout the debate: federal funding is unreliable, and the plan will cost the state too much money.
The House Appropriations Committee again called into question the way the Jindal Administration crafts the state’s budget.
On Monday the committee passed the budget bill and the funds bill, which allows for interagency transfers, the primary source of one-time funds.
The state may need to accept the federal Medicaid Expansion to fund LSU hospitals under the new public/private partnerships.
That’s according to Steve Spires, with the Louisiana Budget Project, an advocacy group that focuses on the effects of policy changes to low- and middle-income households.
Lawmakers face an onslaught of decisions every day at the capitol: vote up or down, pass this amendment, defer that bill... A few key players in this week's Medicaid expansion debate explain why they voted the way they did.