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.

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...

Pelican Senior Fellow Chris Jacobs Featured in Wall Street Journal: Medicaid Expansion has Louisianans Dropping Their Private Plans

Pelican Senior Fellow Chris Jacobs Featured in Wall Street Journal: Medicaid Expansion has Louisianans Dropping Their Private Plans

The Pelican Institute’s Senior Fellow Chris Jacobs authored a column featured in the Wall Street Journal highlighting the misconceptions behind the “success” of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion program.  While some leaders tout the expansion as a win for Louisiana, the facts show that it continues to cost Louisiana’s hard-working taxpayers jobs and opportunity. Jacobs says: “If...

While Louisiana is Sinking, Many Are Concerned with Re-arranging the Deck Chairs

While Louisiana is Sinking, Many Are Concerned with Re-arranging the Deck Chairs

It’s no secret to the people of Louisiana that things aren’t going well. The state has a shrinking labor force, an antiquated budget system, a struggling education system and a backlog of infrastructure projects that are in need of addressing. Given these issues, it’s no surprise that there is a sizable population that is leaving...

State data reveals major issue with Louisiana Medicaid expansion

State data reveals major issue with Louisiana Medicaid expansion

Please click to view the full detailed solutions paper from the Pelican Institute for Public Policy (Pelican Institute). Today, in its newest deep dive paper, the Pelican Institute revealed that since implementing Medicaid expansion, tens of thousands of Louisianans have dropped private health insurance coverage to enroll in Medicaid, costing the program more than $145 million...

“HIGH RISK” DESIGNATION REINFORCES PROBLEMS IN LOUISIANA’S MEDICAID EXPANSION

“HIGH RISK” DESIGNATION REINFORCES PROBLEMS IN LOUISIANA’S MEDICAID EXPANSION

That the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently designated Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion to the able-bodied as “high risk,” following the release of a “deeply troubling” report by the state’s Legislative Auditor late last year, should surprise no one. As the Pelican Institute first reported last year, enrollment in Medicaid expansion has exploded,...

A Jobs And Opportunity Agenda For Louisiana

A Jobs And Opportunity Agenda For Louisiana

This week, the Pelican Institute releases its “Jobs and Opportunity Agenda for Louisiana,” a road map for reclaiming Louisiana as a land of opportunity for all its citizens. This agenda is the result of months of data-crunching, research, analysis and consultation with experts from Louisiana and across the country. In crafting these solutions, our team sought to answer a...

Policy Brief: Debunking the government’s pro-Medicaid report

Policy Brief: Debunking the government’s pro-Medicaid report

Why expanding Louisiana’s program to able-bodied adults hurts the economy By Chris Jacobs, Senior Fellow Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion helped far too few people obtain good, affordable health coverage and actually cost Louisiana desperately needed jobs. But a taxpayer-funded report released by the Louisiana Department of Health on April 10 claims that the state’s Medicaid expansion...

Reforming Medicaid in Louisiana

Reforming Medicaid in Louisiana

As the Louisiana legislature ponders ways to resolve the state’s “fiscal cliff,” policy-makers should remember the massive costs associated with the state’s embrace of Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Enrollment in this expansion to the able bodied (i.e., working-age adults without dependent children) has exploded, raising Medicaid expenses. Moreover, the expansion discourages work, and disadvantages the most...

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Commentary: Jindal Taking Right Approach to Affordable Care Act

Commentary: Jindal Taking Right Approach to Affordable Care Act

Supporters of the law argue that states should move quickly to create state insurance exchanges in order to ensure a higher level of state control, but this notion is an illusion. The law’s provisions would actually require Louisiana and its citizens to cede decision-making power to the federal government.

By Kevin Kane

Implications of SCOTUS Health Care Ruling for Louisiana

Implications of SCOTUS Health Care Ruling for Louisiana

Although the Supreme Court let most of the ACA stand, Louisiana policymakers can still play an important role in the health care reform debate. Most importantly, they should refuse to expand the state’s Medicaid rolls and take a wait-and-see approach to state insurance exchanges.

By Kevin Kane

Obama Health Care Exchange: Not the Answer for Louisiana

Obama Health Care Exchange: Not the Answer for Louisiana

Last week the Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) published a response to our critique of the health insurance exchange proposed by Sen. Karen Carter Peterson in SB744. We have reviewed their arguments in favor of the exchange and find them unpersuasive.

By Kevin Kane

Five Reasons Not to Create ObamaCare Exchange

Five Reasons Not to Create ObamaCare Exchange

Louisiana should not devote resources to a program it won’t control and may soon be rendered obsolete This evening, Louisiana’s Senate Finance Committee is scheduled to hear SB744. This bill would require Louisiana to create an “exchange” to facilitate the purchase and sale of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as...

By Kevin Kane

Boustany Rebukes Landrieu for Overlooking High Costs of Obama Health Care Law

Boustany Rebukes Landrieu for Overlooking High Costs of Obama Health Care Law

In response to a “Dear Friend” letter Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) sent to constituents reiterating her support for President Obama’s health care law, one of her Republican counterparts is calling for an “incremental” approach to health care reform that expands consumer choice and lowers costs

By Kevin Mooney