Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the publication of the first Medicaid expansion annual report highlighting the one year anniversary of expanded coverage. In his first act as governor of Louisiana, he signed an executive order expanding Medicaid coverage that today covers over 436,375 working poor families across Louisiana, which is expected to save the state $350 million. The report, created by the Louisiana Department of Health, details the countless positive health outcomes, economic benefits and personal testimonies from people whose lives have been changed because they now have access to coverage.
“My first official act as governor was to expand the Medicaid program in Louisiana, and it was by far the easiest decision I have made,” said Gov. Edwards. “Through Medicaid expansion, we are bringing our federal tax dollars back to Louisiana to save lives and improve health outcomes for the working poor people of our state. With more than 1,000 new jobs directly created because of expansion, and $4 billion in new revenues for our health care providers, expansion has also had a profound positive impact on Louisiana’s economy.”
On Friday, June 30, 2017, Gov. Edwards spent time with patients, medical providers and elected officials for a discussion on the importance of Medicaid expansion for Louisiana. Many of the success stories shared that day are echoed in the new report.