State representative calling on Gov. Jindal to expand Medicaid

Wednesday, March 20, 2013 - 7:56pm

In a new bill to be voted on in the April session of the Louisiana House of Representative, District 3 Representative Barbara Norton is asking Governor Jindal to accept an offer to expand Medicaid.

Norton says she can't see any logical reason Jindal would deny her request, as the federal government is funding the Medicaid expansion for the first three years. After that, she says the cost is negligible, with each state paying just 10% of the cost, especially considering the amount that taxpayers currently shoulder, paying for services for the uninsured.

She went on to add that If Louisiana refuses to participate, the share of the money that pays for this program will be used to support the Medicaid expansion in other states and our low-income residents will continue to suffer lack access to care.

It was those reasons that Norton pre-filed House Bill 110. She is confident that she will get the required number of votes to send her bill to Jindal, but not as confident he will approve it. Along with HB 110, Norton has also drafted a resolution to use, if it comes to that.

With over 400,000 uninsured people in Louisiana, almost 10% of the population, Norton is doing everything in her power to make sure Jindal agrees to expand Medicaid.

If the governor agrees, LSUHSC union leaders think it could have the added benefit of making possible privatization a non-issue.

The House of Representatives will be back in session April 8.

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