Governor John Bel Edwards
and state Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee unveiled a report on the economic
impact of Medicaid expansion. Edwards says according to the LSU report,
Louisiana is saving 317-million dollars in state money and providing medical
care to those who can’t afford it
“From a public health perspective, we're saving lives in Louisiana and we're ensuring that our workforce is healthy and ready to fill the jobs we're creating, all through the
state,” Edwards said.
Governor Edwards says many who have recently diagnosed with
cancer, are able to receive medical care with expansion.
“Had we not expanded Medicaid, I can tell you that 623 Louisianaians, who've been diagnosed with cancer may never have found out they had that illness until it was too
late,” Edwards said.
The report says Medicaid expansion through the infusion of 1.8 billion dollars in federal money has created over 19,000 jobs in the health care sector, resulting in nearly 3.6 billion-dollars in economic activity. Dr. Gee says healthy people are important to the state’s economy. She says if you’re sick, you’re not a productive person.
“The economic impact is great, but the health impact has been tremendous, because healthy people are also people who can work,” Gee said.