medicaid http://wwno.org en DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant http://wwno.org/post/dhh-wants-more-medicaid-privatization-stakeholders-hesitant <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/11/110513_ManagedCare_AWFeature.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state <a href="http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/">Department of Health and Hospitals</a> is taking preliminary steps to further privatize Medicaid in Louisiana. In August, DHH released <a href="http://www.laddc.org/news/LaDDCNews8-30-2013.pdf">a concept paper</a> about reforms to long-term care for the developmentally disabled and low-income elderly.<p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:48:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 47198 at http://wwno.org Uninsured Struggle To Access Healthcare Before Full Launch Of Affordable Care Act http://wwno.org/post/uninsured-struggle-access-healthcare-full-launch-affordable-care-act <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Louisiana politicians, including Governor Bobby </span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, continue to resist all programs associated with the </span><a href="http://www.hhs.gov/opa/affordable-care-act/index.html" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Affordable Care Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, which is scheduled to go into full effect in 2014.</span></p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 19:06:44 +0000 Caroline Lewis 42262 at http://wwno.org Making Medicaid More Accessible in Louisiana http://wwno.org/post/making-medicaid-more-accessible-louisiana <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/08/081513_MedicaidMaximizingEnrollment_AW2way_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Since 2009, Louisiana and seven other states have been using a <a href="http://www.maxenroll.org/files/maxenroll/resources/harnessing.technology.to.streamline.enrollment.pdf">grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a> to make Medicaid more accessible to those who are eligible.<p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:08:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 41812 at http://wwno.org Political Fight Jeopardizes Medicaid In Mississippi http://wwno.org/post/political-fight-jeopardizes-medicaid-mississippi Medicaid and controversy seem inseparable in many states lately. For the most part, the wrangling is about a new wrinkle in Medicaid — the expansion of the health program for the poor and disabled under Obamacare.<p>Mississippi, though, is raising the stakes. Democrats and Republicans in the state are in a fight, and the outcome could threaten the very existence of the entire Medicaid program there.<p>More than 700,000 Mississippians get Medicaid, with the federal government paying about three-quarters of the cost and the state picking up the rest of the tab. Sat, 22 Jun 2013 09:14:00 +0000 JEFFREY HESS 37933 at http://wwno.org State Lawmakers Weigh Medicaid Options http://wwno.org/post/state-lawmakers-weigh-medicaid-options <span style="line-height: 1.5;">A House bill that aims to secure state health care spending passed out of the Senate Finance committee yesterday.</span><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/05/052113_Medicaid_Options_in_Lege_Capitol_Access.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The measure would create the "Hospital Stabilization Fund," which would utilize some hospital profits to draw down more federal dollars to help with uninsured patients.</span><p> Tue, 21 May 2013 10:33:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 35793 at http://wwno.org Medicaid Expansion Clears State House Committee http://wwno.org/post/medicaid-expansion-clears-state-house-committee <span style="line-height: 1.5;">With a one-vote margin, a bill that would force Louisiana to accept federal Medicaid Expansion advanced through the House Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday.</span><div><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/05/050913_HouseCommitteePassesExpansion_Capitol_Access_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Bobby&#160;</span>Jindal<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;has opposed the Expansion, claiming it would be too expensive and that the federal program doesn’t meet Louisiana’s needs.</span><p> Thu, 09 May 2013 14:21:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 34989 at http://wwno.org Interviews: Pelican Institute's Kevin Kane, New EBR Libraries Head Spencer Watts http://wwno.org/post/interviews-pelican-institutes-kevin-kane-new-ebr-libraries-head-spencer-watts Kevin Kane, President of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, talks about Governor's Jindal's position on Medicaid expansion.<p>Spencer Watts, the new head of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/05/JES_050113.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:40:00 +0000 editor 34347 at http://wwno.org Medicaid Expansion, Privitization Could Work Together http://wwno.org/post/medicaid-expansion-privitization-could-work-together <p dir="ltr" style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&#160;<p class="p1"><span class="s1">The state may need to accept the federal Medicaid Expansion to fund LSU hospitals under the new public/private partnerships.</span><p class="p1">&#160;<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/04/Capitol Access Monday 28.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.15;">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.</span><p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 13:16:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 34260 at http://wwno.org For or Against: Votes in the Medicaid Expansion Debate http://wwno.org/post/or-against-votes-medicaid-expansion-debate 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.<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/04/042613_How_we_vote_Capitol_Access.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><strong> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:32:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 34057 at http://wwno.org State Legislature Shelves Medicaid Expansion http://wwno.org/post/state-legislature-shelves-medicaid-expansion <p class="p1">The legislature technically decided Wednesday to put off accepting federal funding for health care expansion, which would include more low-income individuals under Medicaid. &#160;A series of bills were voluntarily deferred, both in the House and Senate, to be taken up next week. A bill by Rep. Barbara Norton was involuntarily deferred - that’s typically a death sentence for a bill.&#160;<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/04/042513_CA.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.15;">The representatives that voted to shelve Norton’s bill did so because they’re unsure of what will happen if they accept the money - despite that the Legislative Fiscal Office testifying that the program would initially save the state money.</span><p class="p1"> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 14:13:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 33998 at http://wwno.org