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Medicaid Expansion Is Coming To Louisiana Thanks To Order From New Governor

Louisiana has joined 30 other states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid.
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Louisiana has joined 30 other states and the District of Columbia in expanding Medicaid.

The state’s new Democratic governor signed an executive order two days into his term after years of clawing and fighting against expansion by former Republic Gov. Bobby Jindal, The New York Times reports. In a press conference announcing the decision, Gov. John Bel Edwards said more than 300,000 Louisianans now would qualify for healthcare assistance through the Affordable Care Act.

Expanding Medicaid sends the state 90 percent of the cost to insure residents who make below 138 percent of the federal poverty line—$16,242 for individuals, $33,465 for a four-person family.

In Texas, if the state government would agree to expand it, more than 1 million uninsured residents would qualify for assistance in getting insurance. But, like the leadership before Gov. Edwards, Texas has been staunchly against expanding Medicaid or finding a way to access the federal dollars and subsidize private insurance plans.

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