AG Jeff Landry says Medicaid may be to blame for opioid crisis
Posted on 11/7/2017 11:51:00 AM.
State Attorney General Jeff Landry has announced a drug prescription takeback box is now available 24 hours a day at the Baton Rouge Police Department. In making the announcement, Landry addressed the drug problem taxing the state. He says statistics show the problem may be related to recent Medicaid expansion, which made Louisiana the 31st state to do so in 2016.
 
 
  
 
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Louisiana Survey finds most residents approve of Medicaid expansion
Posted on 4/11/2017 12:41:00 PM.

Most Louisiana residents approve of Medicaid expansion, according to an LSU survey. Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, Dr. Michael Henderson says 72 percent of respondents for the 2017 Louisiana Survey approve of the expansion. He says the approval rating for the Affordable Care Act has increased over the past few years.
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Louisiana governor urges congressional leaders to keep Medicaid expansion
Posted on 3/14/2017 1:31:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to congressional leaders urging the protection of Medicaid expansion. The governor’s communications director Richard Carbo says as the debate is underway in the nation’s capital to repeal and replace Obamacare, Edwards is standing behind the program he signed into law on his first day in office.
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Gov Edwards to meet with federal leaders about Medicaid expansion
Posted on 2/24/2017 10:57:00 AM.

On Sunday Governor John Bel Edwards will meet with US Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price to discuss Medicaid expansion. The meeting comes amid ongoing discussions at the nation’s capital about repealing the Affordable Care Act. The governor’s Communications Director Richard Carbo says the governor will have a chance to tell Price about the impact Medicaid expansion has had on the Bayou State.
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Medicaid expansion enrollment fast surpassing goals
Posted on 8/11/2016 10:40:00 AM.

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.
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Gov. Edwards & DHH Secretary Gee attend Medicaid expansion enrollment kickoff event
Posted on 6/1/2016 1:34:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Today is the first day Louisianans can enroll in Medicaid under the newly expanded program. Gov. John Bel Edwards and DHH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee will attend an enrollment kick-off event this morning at University Medical center in New Orleans. Edwards says Louisiana is simply bringing federal tax dollars home to put them to work for the poor.
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Gov. Edwards tours the state to raise awareness about Medicaid expansion
Posted on 5/2/2016 4:00:00 PM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has kicked off his statewide tour to discuss Medicaid expansion. Over the next month, Edwards and Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, Dr. Rebekah Gee, will visit cities to raise awareness and answer questions about who will be eligible to enroll for the government health insurance on June 1st. Edwards also announced that the state’s health program has a new name.
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Gov. Edwards announces expanded Medicaid enrollment begins June 1
Posted on 4/18/2016 11:07:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards announces enrollment for the state’s expanded Medicaid program will begin June 1st. Edwards told the Senate Health and Welfare Committee that expanding Medicaid will benefit the state greatly by cutting healthcare costs and improving health outcomes. He says the expansion will also save the state much-needed dollars in critical budget times.
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Report finds Medicaid expansion will improve mental healthcare
Posted on 3/29/2016 2:50:00 AM.

A report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finds Medicaid expansion will improve mental healthcare in Louisiana. Director for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services Vikki Wachino says in states where Medicaid was expanded, there was an increase in residents receiving regular preventive care and a decrease in patients skipping medications because of costs.
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Louisiana begins process to expand Medicaid
Posted on 1/12/2016 7:08:00 PM.
The state's health department is working to provide government-funded insurance for 300,000 poor working individuals now that Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order to expand Medicaid.
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