medicaid

WRKF
3:02 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Attempt to Put Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot Fails

Supporters of Medicaid expansion gather on the state capitol steps. April 23, 2014.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 5:41 pm

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.

“You’ve got a lot of support here, Sen. Nevers," Heitmeier said.

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.


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WRKF
5:48 am
Tue November 5, 2013

DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant

The state Dept. of Health and Hospitals is looking to privatize the managed care for Medicaid patients with developmental disabilities and low-income elderly.

Originally published on Wed November 6, 2013 7:25 am

The state Department of Health and Hospitals is taking preliminary steps to further privatize Medicaid in Louisiana. In August, DHH released a concept paper about reforms to long-term care for the developmentally disabled and low-income elderly.

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Health Care
2:06 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Uninsured Struggle To Access Healthcare Before Full Launch Of Affordable Care Act

The CARE free clinic earlier this summer. The clinics provide checkups and other services to uninsured Louisiana residents.
Caroline Lewis WWNO

Louisiana politicians, including Governor Bobby Jindal, continue to resist all programs associated with the Affordable Care Act, which is scheduled to go into full effect in 2014.

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WRKF
11:08 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Making Medicaid More Accessible in Louisiana

Originally published on Sat August 17, 2013 9:42 am

Since 2009, Louisiana and seven other states have been using a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to make Medicaid more accessible to those who are eligible.

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Health
4:14 am
Sat June 22, 2013

Political Fight Jeopardizes Medicaid In Mississippi

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, a Republican, opposes Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.
Rogelio V. Solis AP

Originally published on Sat June 22, 2013 6:11 pm

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.

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.

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WRKF
5:33 am
Tue May 21, 2013

State Lawmakers Weigh Medicaid Options

Originally published on Wed May 22, 2013 9:38 am

A House bill that aims to secure state health care spending passed out of the Senate Finance committee yesterday.

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.

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WRKF
9:21 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Clears State House Committee

Kelly Connelly WRKF

Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 8:30 pm

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.

Governor Bobby Jindal has opposed the Expansion, claiming it would be too expensive and that the federal program doesn’t meet Louisiana’s needs.

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WRKF
11:40 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Interviews: Pelican Institute's Kevin Kane, New EBR Libraries Head Spencer Watts

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 12:39 pm

Kevin Kane, President of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy, talks about Governor's Jindal's position on Medicaid expansion.

Spencer Watts, the new head of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library System.


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WRKF
8:16 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Medicaid Expansion, Privitization Could Work Together

 

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.

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WRKF
10:32 am
Fri April 26, 2013

For or Against: Votes in the Medicaid Expansion Debate

Originally published on Mon April 29, 2013 7:28 am

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.

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