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.

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

Reforming Medicaid in Louisiana

Reforming Medicaid in Louisiana

Medicaid enrollment in Louisiana has exceeded initial projections — As of November, 2017, 450,610 people were enrolled, as opposed to the 306,000 that were projected. Because of increased spending on Medicaid, Louisiana has ignored other priorities in the State, such as education and transportation. The Congressional Budget Office thinks that continued reliance on Medicaid will reduce...

By Daniel J. Erspamer

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

TECH NEWS: Louisiana Needs Drone Delivery Now

TECH NEWS: Louisiana Needs Drone Delivery Now

To reduce the risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19, many Louisianans are foregoing shopping in stores and are instead, ordering their necessities online through services like Amazon, Postmates, and Instacart. But these delivered goods are still interacting with human handlers multiple times before they make it to consumers. What if there was a way to...

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...

The Report the Department of Health Doesn’t Want You to Read

The Report the Department of Health Doesn’t Want You to Read

In recent months, enrollment in Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion has declined, as the state finally removed tens of thousands of ineligible individuals from the rolls. But according to researchers at LSU, enrollment in expansion will soon climb higher, with an estimated 41,575 individuals joining Medicaid expansion in 2019 alone.  Those estimates came in a report the...

New LSU “Jobs” Study about Benefits of Medicaid Expansion Raises More Questions Than It Answers

New LSU “Jobs” Study about Benefits of Medicaid Expansion Raises More Questions Than It Answers

by Chris Jacobs The release by the Louisiana Department of Health late Friday afternoon of an updated study showing the jobs benefit of Medicaid expansion concedes an important point pointed out by the Pelican Institute over 16 months ago. This year’s study admits that the 2018 paper over-counted the federal dollars and jobs associated with...