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Sign the Letter: Medicaid Expansion is the right choice for LA

Join the 90 groups and individuals asking Governor Jindal to expand Medicaid for Louisiana today!

Dear Governor Jindal,

 

The organizations and individuals listed below believe that Medicaid expansion is the right choice for Louisiana and urge you to reconsider your decision to reject this unprecedented opportunity to improve public health and grow the state's economy.  Medicaid expansion could provide health coverage to 400,000 Louisianans, most of whom are currently uninsured, and bring in billions of new federal dollars. It will benefit Louisiana's families, businesses, health care providers and the economy--all at little cost to the state budget.

 

We know that Medicaid expansion can benefit Louisiana because it has worked in the past. You recently noted that Louisiana ranks among the top states in providing coverage to children. Due to the success of the Louisiana Children's Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP) Medicaid expansion, only 5 percent of children in the state are uninsured, down from nearly 20 percent in the late 1990s. That is better than the national rate of 8 percent. Louisiana policymakers, particularly the staff at the Department of Health and Hospitals, deserve immense credit for this important achievement.

Medicaid expansion offers a chance to replicate this policy success and makes a significant investment in Louisiana's people and workforce. Nearly 20 percent of Louisianans currently lack health insurance, including 1 in 4 adults. Medicaid expansion would cut that figure in half by providing health coverage to as many as 400,000 Louisianans, mostly working parents and other adults who are currently uninsured. This includes workers in important economic sectors like tourism, construction, retail and healthcare who make too little money to afford market-rate insurance policies.

There are significant economic benefits to Medicaid expansion, which will bring an estimated $15.7 billion into the Louisiana economy over the next decade that will spur job creation, support local businesses and provide a more stable source of revenue for doctors, hospitals and other health-care providers. Expansion means a healthier and more productive workforce that can contribute to our economy and to the state's tax base. 

The benefits of Medicaid expansion can be secured at modest cost to the state. For the first three years, the federal government will cover 100 percent of expansion costs, with the state contributing a small portion after that, but never more than 10 percent.  That's a much better deal than the rest of the Medicaid program, where the state share is around 35 percent.

Adding urgency to this situation is the fact that cuts to the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) funds that Louisiana currently relies on to support indigent care are likely in the near future as the Affordable Care Act takes full effect. Medicaid expansion revenue would more than offset this cut. But without expansion, Louisiana taxpayers and health care providers will continue to carry the cost of providing uncompensated care to uninsured patients.

We hope that you will take the steps necessary to expand Medicaid in Louisiana beginning on Jan. 1, 2014, and we stand ready and willing to work with you going forward to bring about improvements to health care for Louisiana's families and strengthen our economy.Sincerely, 

AARP

Acadiana CARES

Advocacy Center

Belle Reve

Bienville House

Brotherhood, Incorporated

Citizens United for In-Home Support

Classic Homes & Services, Inc.

Coalition of HIV/AIDS Nonprofits and Governmental Entities

Community Volunteers Association

Connect to Protect

East Baton Rouge Democratic Parish Executive Committee

East Baton Rouge Young Democrats

East Feliciana Democratic Parish Executive Committee

Greater New Orleans American Association of University Women

Greenlight Operations

Health Law Advocates of Louisiana

Integrative Consulting, Inc

Louisiana AIDS Advocacy Network

Louisiana Alliance of Direct Support Professionals

Louisiana Budget Project

Louisiana Center for Health Equity

Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition

Louisiana Latino Health Coalition for HIV/AIDS Awareness (LLHC)

Louisiana Supported Living Network

Louisiana Women's Network

Mental Health America of Louisiana

Mid South Division | American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Inc.

National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Chapter

National Council of Jewish Women

National MS Society

New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council (NORAPC)

New Orleans Society for Infectious Disease Awareness (NOSIDA)

NO/AIDS Task Force

One Voice Louisiana

Priority Health Care, Inc.

Project Lazarus

Puentes New Orleans

Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center (AHEC)

St. Landry Democratic Parish Executive Committee

The Philadelphia Center

Tulane T-Cell Clinic

UniteWomen.org

UNITY of Greater New Orleans

 

Abigail Reikow, LMSW, New Orleans

Alice Riener, New Orleans

Anthony Nelson, Baton Rouge

Bambi Polotzola, Opelousas

Brett Malone, MA, Shreveport

Dawn D. Collins, MPA, Baton Rouge

Dazmine Allen, New Orleans

Dorian-Gray Alexander, New Orleans

Dorothy Durrett

Dr. Mark Alain Dery, New Orleans

Edward B. McDonald

Edward W Cavin, New Orleans

Elizabeth Powers

Emily Sawyer Chance

Enrique Moresco, New Orleans

Eric Evans, Shreveport

Gina Brown, Metairie

Jeanne Abadie, New Orleans

Jennifer Naranjo Norman, LCSW, Marrero

Karissa Kary, New Orleans

Kay Marcel, New Iberia

Kay Zimmerman

Kimberly Powell, Bossier City

Latoya Stringer, Baton Rouge

Lois Simpson, New Orleans

Lori Laurie Foreman, Maurice

Lucy Cordts, LCSW, New Orleans

M. Craig Hankins, PhD, MBA, New Orleans

Marla Chirdon, New Orleans

Martha Kegel, New Orleans

Martin Simpson, New Orleans

Melissa Bishop, Metairie

Melissa Peterson, New Orleans

Natalie Dietz, New Orleans

Noel Twilbeck, River Ridge, LA

Peter Jenkins

R. Wayne Sizemore, New Orleans

Renee Davis

Samantha Euraque, New Orleans

Sarah Marcello, New Orleans

Stephanie Patrick, New Orleans

Sue Ducote Borderlon

Tamara B. Pierre, MSW, Marrero

Tonja  "Tee" Lee, PhD, Baton Rouge

Vicki Judice, New Orleans

Vicki Weeks, New Orleans

Join the 90 groups and individuals asking Governor Jindal to expand Medicaid for Louisiana by signing the letter at lamedicaidexpansion.org 

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