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.
Statement from LHA President & CEO John Matessino
Hospitals and other healthcare providers have been severely cut over the past four years putting healthcare services, jobs and families at risk. These cuts, along with other financial challenges, negatively impact our healthcare system, our economy and our future.
House Speaker Chuck Kleckley (R-Lake Charles) and House Speaker Pro Tempore Walt Leger (D-New Orleans) filed HB 532 and HB 533, two constitutional amendments that would give families, including those with private health insurance, a more stable healthcare delivery system in Louisiana. This would help to guarantee more accountability and efficient use of Medicaid funds.
This legislation would allow the state to access more federal funds, which is good for everyone in Louisiana. Putting patients first is not about party politics. Our state is in serious financial trouble. It is time to find alternative, responsible funding solutions for Louisiana taxpayers.
I am honored to join leaders from across the state by serving on the steering committee of the Louisiana Chapter of the national Campaign to Fix the Debt.
The national debt has serious and direct implications on us here in Louisiana. Our schools and children’s programs are going to lose millions of dollars, thousands of federal employees who live here are going to have to stop working, and we will lose millions of dollars in Federal healthcare and environmental protection funds.
That’s why I’m taking a leadership role in the Campaign to Fix the Debt and urging our elected officials in Washington to come together to solve our nation’s fiscal challenges.
More at www.fixthedebt.org/Louisiana.
Governor Jindal’s proposed tax plan has been widely criticized by many of my colleagues and numerous interest groups, including religious leaders from across Louisiana. The flawed plan would place an unfair burden on families, small businesses, and taxpayers across the board.
The Governor’s tax plan is poor policy and not beneficial to attracting businesses, growing jobs, or building a strong economy. Under the Governor’s plan, you may not have to pay income tax, but you will pay more in sales tax and services. Furthermore, the Legislature would have no choice but to raise taxes even further to make up for resulting budget shortfalls.
Gov. Jindal’s tax plan doesn’t add up, and Louisiana’s citizens would end up paying for it. I’m going to fight for you this session to prevent this misguided tax plan from taking effect.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health issues, getting help is easier than you may think. The Metropolitan Human Services District offers a range of services addressing mental health, addictive disorder, and developmental disability needs for the citizens of Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines Parishes.
Care is available 24/7 -- all you have to do is call.
Walt met with a number of state leaders including former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean
I recently met with America's top legislative leaders at the National Conference of State Legislators’ Legislative Leaders Meeting. I was able to share best practices and gather effective strategies to help put Louisiana ahead of the curve as one of America’s greatest states.
As the Chair of the Southern High-Speed Rail Commission, I have been working hard to push for high-speed and other passenger rail services in our District. We have completed two major Railroad Corridor Transportation Plans, which are the first steps toward participating in the High-Speed program. The plans cover routes between New Orleans, Lake Charles, Mobile, and Meridian.
More at http://www.lsrra.org/
Hurricane Season is right around the corner, beginning on June 1st. You shouldn’t wait until then to prepare, though.
This spring, be sure to:
For more information visit www.fixthedebt.org
BATON ROUGE, LA- District 91 State Representative Walter "Walt" J. Leger, III (D-New Orleans) was elected unanimously by his colleagues on January 9, 2012, to serve as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He is now the second highest ranking member and will preside over the entire membership of the House in the absence of the House Speaker. He will serve ex-officio on all house committees, and will serve as a member of the House Appropriations Committee and The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget.
"I am extremely humbled and honored to be elected Speaker Pro Tem by my colleagues. I feel blessed to work in service with them for the people of my district and the State. I will work hard and always strive to do what is right and fair. I look forward to working with the legislature to address important issues such as coastal restoration, hurricane protection, education, and healthcare." Rep. Leger said.