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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.


Making Faces

Feb 8, 2016
Larry Livaudais, LSU FACES Laboratory

When local authorities find a decomposed body they can’t identify, what do they do?

Well, they send it to the LSU FACES Laboratory.

“It goes through a processing stage where anthropologists try to identify the gender, the race, and the approximate age range," says Larry Livaudais, the Imaging Specialist and Facial Reconstructionist at the FACES Lab. "Then after that it comes to me and I try to put a face to it as best I can with the clay.”

Louisiana Division of Administration

What on earth is the CAFR?

“The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,” John McClain with the Division of Administration explained recently, while giving freshman legislators a brief lesson in state finances.

“The goal of the CAFR is to provide data on the state’s financial health, as a whole,” McClain said, while going over the salient points of Louisiana’s CAFR for 2015. While the 217-page report seems complicated at first glance, he says it’s really designed to answer one simple question:

“How well can our current resources cover the claims on those resources.”


livescience.com

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to issue his call for the special legislative session to begin February 14th.

“The need for additional revenue is now, and it’s acute,” Edwards has said.

The call will tell lawmakers to consider a number of revenue-raising measures to alleviate the state budget shortfall, which Commissioner of Administration attributes to “poor fiscal planning combined with a shortfall of revenue.”

Sue Lincoln

He may have been sworn in three weeks ago, but Governor John Bel Edwards remains on the campaign trail.

“Despite everything that we’ve heard from the ‘education reform governor’, he left office and our educational achievement levels were 49th,” Edwards said Tuesday evening.

Thus far this week, he has spoken to the Republican Legislative Caucus, Board of Regents stakeholders, and the American Sugar Cane League. Today he’s set to address the Louisiana Hospital Association and the construction trades convention. Edwards is pushing his plan for solving the state budget crisis, now seeking votes from lawmakers.

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