Steve Gardes

We have been misled on Medicaid expansion

State Representative Rick Edmonds recent article stated that there has been a great deal of misleading reports surrounding the state’s Medicaid Expansion program and Medicaid Fraud, and that Louisiana taxpayers deserve the facts since “we have only scratched the surface.” That is very alarming when you consider that the Louisiana Legislative Auditor has issued three audit reports in 2018 identifying large scale fraud (well in excess of $100 million per year) taking place in our Medicaid program being administered by Louisiana Department of Health (“LDH”) — yet we have only scratched the su

Governor’s Medicaid expansion claims rebutted

Gov. John Bel Edwards just released an editorial titled “Louisiana is Making Progress,” and states in part that “by every metric, Medicaid Expansion was the right choice for Louisiana” as it has saved the state over $300 million, grown the economy by generating $3.6 billion of economic activity, and created 19,000 jobs. WOW!! Who knew we could reap these huge benefits by adding 470,000 residents to our Medicaid rolls. On top of this, the governor also noted that the Trump Administration praised Louisiana’s efforts to root out fraud within the Medicaid system. Say what??

House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia,

Linking Medicaid to work gains traction

Even though requiring Medicaid recipients to work is one of the few areas in which Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican legislators agree, experts say implementing the rules may not have much of an impact.
House Speaker Taylor Barras, R-New Iberia, proposed Medicaid work requirements in a letter to the governor last week, and Edwards has long said he supported the general concept. The governor’s aides met with Trump administration officials in Washington last month to discuss the details, including what would be considered “work” under the program.

Should rising Medicaid costs concern taxpayers?

Gov. John Bel Edwards is proposing to add more dollars to the DHH budget for Medicaid if lawmakers support tax increases on business. However, the House Appropriations Committee is resistant to that idea because of their concern over the growth in Medicaid; why are they concerned?
The American Press just released an article titled “The financial realities of Medicaid” that discusses a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, and provides the answer to our legislators concern with the following:

Medicaid expansion touted as stimulus, saving lives

Louisiana sits below the national average for state spending increases on Medicaid, a House Fiscal Division’s told Wednesday’s House Appropriations subcommittee on Health and Human Services, which also heard the Medicaid dollars needed for the next fiscal year it will be the most expensive in history.
The state’s general fund spending on Medicaid has grown by an average of 6.7 percent per year from 1991 to 2016. The national average for that same per-year period is 7 percent.

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