Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — Friday, 21 Louisiana lawmakers were presented with checks for $15.8 billion each.
The checks were presented as part of the statewide Medicaid Day of Action representing the federal tax money for Louisiana’s Medicaid program that Governor Jindal is refusing to take.
Across the state of Louisiana, activists visited the offices of 21 legislators in Shreveport, Haughton, Keithville, Stonewall, Monroe, West Monroe, Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Baton Rouge, Port Allen, Jackson, and New Orleans, most of whom serve on the Health and Welfare, Insurance, Finance, or Appropriations committees as part of a grassroots statewide Day of Action for Medicaid Expansion.
"We all have a stake in creating a healthier Louisiana,” explains Dr. Eileen Velez, a constituent of Rep. Seabaugh, “Opposing the Medicaid Expansion in this state is not the means to that end!"
When the constituents visited Rep. Seabaugh, he told them he would not support the expansion, even if Gov. Jindal decided to go along with the plan, saying the uninsured have other options, like private insurance.
In Caddo Parish alone, 42,585 people would be eligible for health insurance under the Medicaid Expansion; for Bossier Parish, 15,051 people are eligible. Statewide, the expansion would provide health insurance to 577,000 people who are currently uninsured.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Human Services’ own report projects that the Medicaid Expansion would save the state as much as $368 million over 10 years.