The following report is provided by Families USA and Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition
Louisiana is facing an important decision: whether or not to accept federal dollars to provide health insurance to many uninsured state residents through Medicaid. This decision will have profound implications for the hundreds of thousands of Louisianans who stand to gain health coverage if the state participates in the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. But it will also affect the entire state. With the expansion, new federal funds—more than one billion dollars—become available. These funds would stimulate Louisiana’s economy and support more than ten thousand jobs. This report looks at the potential impact of a Medicaid expansion on jobs and economic activity in Louisiana.