Enrollment in the expanded Medicaid program is exceeding the goals set by the Louisiana Department of Health extremely fast. LDH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee says they hope to enroll 375-thousand people by next June. She says the state has reached 73% of its enrollment goal in less than 50 days, and well surpassed the goal they had set for this July as well.
“We had set a goal for ourselves of 200,000 by the end of July, and we have far, far exceeded that, which is fantastic. We are not at 279,000, probably will be 280,000 by the end of today,” Gee said.
Gee says Louisiana ranks dead last in health outcomes in the country, which she says is no surprise since until recently one in four adults did not have health insurance. She says before expanding Medicaid these people did not have access to preventative healthcare, and she hopes Medicaid expansion leads to better health outcomes in Louisiana.
“So we now have the opportunity to prevent things before they get really bad and to help people get access to primary care, which will allow them to improve their health,” Gee said.
Gee says improving health outcomes benefits the state in many ways because healthy people make for better workers and happier citizens.
“But of course who benefits most are the families and individuals who for so many years have just gotten sick or even potentially died because they didn’t have access to the right kind of healthcare,” Gee said.
Gee says people can still enroll at healthy.la.gov