medicaid en Attempt to Put Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot Fails <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Supporters of Medicaid expansion gather on the state capitol steps. April 23, 2014. " data-attribution="Credit Amy Jeffries / WRKF" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p>At the conclusion of nearly five hours of emotional testimony, Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chairman David Heitmeier read the names of those weighing in on Senator Ben Nevers’ bill. The proposal would have put a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act before voters in Louisiana.<p>“You’ve got a lot of support here, Sen. Nevers," Heitmeier said.<p>But Nevers didn’t have the support of the committee. His bill was stopped on a 6 to 2 vote that fell along party lines.<a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 59249 at DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state <a href="">Department of Health and Hospitals</a> is taking preliminary steps to further privatize Medicaid in Louisiana. In August, DHH released <a href="">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 Uninsured Struggle To Access Healthcare Before Full Launch Of 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="" 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 Making Medicaid More Accessible in Louisiana <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Since 2009, Louisiana and seven other states have been using a <a href="">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 Political Fight Jeopardizes Medicaid In 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 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="" 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 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="" 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 Interviews: Pelican Institute's 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="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:40:00 +0000 editor 34347 at 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=" 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 For or Against: Votes in the 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="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><strong> Fri, 26 Apr 2013 15:32:00 +0000 Kelly Connelly 34057 at