Everyone should have access to the best possible healthcare. With Governor Jindal making devastating cuts to healthcare by rejecting Louisiana’s inclusion in the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid expansion, we must continue to work together across party lines and tackle the big issues that remain. In April of 2013, House Speaker Chuck Kleckley (R-Lake Charles) and I filed House Bill 532 and House Bill 533, two constitutional amendments that would help stabilize Louisiana’s healthcare delivery system. This legislation will make it easier for Louisiana’s hospitals to generate a stable source of funding by allowing them to make investments in order to get additional dollars from the federal government. More specifically, House Bill 532 will create the Louisiana Hospital Stabilization Formula and Fund to more effectively fund hospital care for Medicaid and uninsured patients.
The health care constitutional amendments will expand access to Medicaid coverage for 400,000 Louisianans, including providing insurance for uninsured children and working parents. The legislation will also create 15,600 new jobs and $1.8 billion in additional economic activity.
Both pieces of legislation are constitutional amendments that voters will be able to approve in the 2014 statewide election. So it is now up to you, the public, to Vote Yes to Healthcare!