'Why Medicaid expansion was so important' in Louisiana


Published: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 1:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 1:57 p.m.

BATON ROUGE — Louisiana is experiencing what is likely to become its first significant increase in the rate of adults who have health insurance in more than a decade.

The latest edition of the Louisiana Health Insurance Survey, released Tuesday, found one in five adults here didn’t have health care coverage in estimates dating back to at least 2003, when the LSU-based survey first began. But the latest tally of 644,000 uninsured adults doesn’t account for the nearly 300,000 people who officials say have been added to the state’s Medicaid health insurance rolls since expansion kicked in July 1, suggesting the next round of numbers will show a large shift.”This report speaks volumes as to why Medicaid expansion was so important,” Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee said of the previously steady uninsured rate, which was often cited …
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