Health & Medicaid

Over the last several years, Louisiana’s Medicaid program has grown by leaps and bounds, expanding the program to more than 400,000 able-bodied adults over the last two years and fundamentally hurting the individuals Medicaid was primarily designed to help. Reforming Medicaid should involve re-orienting the program’s focus on the vulnerable populations for which it was originally designed, while modernizing the delivery of care in ways that can lower costs and improve health outcomes for patients.

Health Care Costs in Louisiana are Already too High

Health Care Costs in Louisiana are Already too High

If there is one industry that suffers from overregulation, it’s the health care industry. Anyone seeking medical care has faced the mounds of confusing paperwork which adds to the already high cost of care. Unfortunately, there is a move afoot that would increase the health care red tape, leading to higher costs for patients. This...

By Eric Peterson

Expanding Telehealth in Louisiana

Expanding Telehealth in Louisiana

As telehealth becomes more important than ever before, how can Louisiana and other states expand access to the service? Tune in to hear how The Reason Foundation’s Vittorio Nastasti and Empower Mississippi’s Russ Latino say we can increase access to telehealth!

By Eric Peterson

Protect Life and Liberty in a Pandemic

Protect Life and Liberty in a Pandemic

Did Louisiana’s government infringe on the rights of its citizens with its COVID-19 mandates? Today, the Pelican Institute released a report to answer that question and offer approaches for addressing the ongoing pandemic and future disasters while safeguarding both public health and individual liberty. In future legislative sessions, lawmakers should consider the lessons learned from...

By Sarah Harbison

Federal CARES Act and Advice for Louisiana’s Leaders

Federal CARES Act and Advice for Louisiana’s Leaders

Congressman Garret Graves joins the PeliCast! We discussed the federal COVID-19 aid package, what it means for Louisiana, and why officials must proceed with caution. Don’t miss out on all the important information we covered in this episode!

By Daniel J. Erspamer

East Baton Rouge Coroner on the Local Impact of COVID-19

East Baton Rouge Coroner on the Local Impact of COVID-19

We’ve talked to a variety of experts on the PeliCast, but this episode is truly unique. Listen to East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office Dr. Beau Clark tell us about his experiences on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis and his thoughts on our efforts to Get Louisiana Working.

By John Kay

Louisiana Healthcare & COVID-19

Louisiana Healthcare & COVID-19

What does Gov. Edwards’ recent executive order mean for Louisiana healthcare workers during COVID-19? How does Louisiana’s response stack up to other states? Jared Rhoads, Health Policy Instructor at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, joins the next PeliCast tomorrow at 10 a.m. to tells us!

By Eric Peterson

What Louisiana’s Government Should and Shouldn’t Do During COVID-19

What Louisiana’s Government Should and Shouldn’t Do During COVID-19

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact Louisiana, the response by the governor and the various boards of the state has been swift and far-reaching. The Pelican Institute appreciates their efforts to remove red tape in areas like telemedicine and delaying tax payments for hard-working Louisianans, which is critical in a time of economic crisis...

Local, National Experts to Speak at Solutions Summit 2.0

Local, National Experts to Speak at Solutions Summit 2.0

We’re one week away from the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0. Next Thursday, January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge, join state and national policy leaders as we unveil solutions to the biggest problems facing Louisiana. Today, we’re excited to share our all-star speaker line-up for the event, which includes legislators...

Solutions Summit 2.0 Agenda Revealed

Solutions Summit 2.0 Agenda Revealed

There’s still time to register for the Pelican Institute for Public Policy’s Solutions Summit 2.0 on January 30 at the Hilton Capitol Center in Baton Rouge. Sign up by clicking here today and help us spread the word so your friends, colleagues and family can reserve their spots before the event sells out. At Solutions...

Louisiana Needs to Step Up Its Game to Retain Citizens 

Louisiana Needs to Step Up Its Game to Retain Citizens 

On Monday night, nothing could stop Joe Burrow and the LSU offense from marching up and down the field in route to a 42-25 victory over Clemson in the college national championship game. Unfortunately, it looks like Louisiana’s government took a cue from Clemson’s defense, because a new report shows its policies are causing Louisianans...

A better Louisiana is on the horizon, but we must act now

A better Louisiana is on the horizon, but we must act now

Over the last year, the Pelican Institute has been traveling the state, speaking to individuals and organizations, releasing hundreds of pages of educational materials and countless informative video advertisements emphasizing the importance of making fundamental changes to our state government’s core structures. Now, the moment is upon us to start turning this vision of righting...

The Broken Promises of Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion

The Broken Promises of Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion

Some in Louisiana want to claim that the state’s expansion of Medicaid to able-bodied adults represents a success story. The facts indicate otherwise. Medicaid expansion has resulted in large costs to taxpayers, significant amounts of waste, fraud, and abuse, and tens of thousands of able-bodied adults shifting from private coverage to government insurance—even while individuals...