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- Elderly & Medicaid Cuts - David Hood, Senior Healthcare Policy Analyst for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana explains what Medicaid costs Louisiana seniors use most.
- Impending Train Wreck - Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana Analyst, David Hood, predicts an impending train wreck in the state between three healthcare-related issues.
- Why It Matters - AARP Louisiana volunteer president Brenda Hatfield explains why cuts to Medicare should matter to not just the state’s elderly.
- Not Welfare - Brenda Hatfield, AARP Louisiana volunteer president, takes issue with calling Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security entitlements.
- Medicare Knee Replacement - Retiree Jeanne George was only able to get her much-needed knee replacement after qualifying for Medicare.
- Retirement Declined - Jeanne George, a Louisiana retiree, explains how Social Security became much more important after her private investments declined by 50 percent.
- Congress Going Wrong Way - Louisiana retiree Jeanne George thinks that Congress is approaching the debt reduction situation the wrong way.
11/11 - Entitlement Cuts & Louisiana’s Seniors
Are Louisiana seniors in danger of losing a large portion of their Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits?
While the Super Committee was unable to agree upon ways to trim an additional $1.5 trillion dollars from the federal budget, the door has been opened and discussion continues on how to best rein in the rising costs of entitlement programs. The head of the Congressional Budget Office has said that without addressing spending on these programs, it will be "extremely difficult to put the budget on a sustainable path." In Louisiana alone, more than 100 thousand seniors receive Medicaid benefits, 99% of seniors are enrolled in Medicare and 89% receive Social Security. What could program cuts mean to the state’s elderly and what other options are available for stabilizing costs? Watch “Entitlement Cuts & Louisiana’s Seniors” on “Louisiana Public Square” Wednesday, November 23rd at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.
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Question; My wife of 60 years suffered 3 years with kidney disease and died of end stage renal disease March 1st of 2010, meanwhile I successfully needed 8 months of chemothearpy in late 2009 and early 2010 to establish a remission stage with every 4 months check-ups.
How do we enlighten those like us who have not been seriously ill ‘yet’in the real value of Medicare and Medicaid especially during the last few years of each life?
Posted by Thomas B. O'Brien on 11/10 at 10:44 AM
I sat here and watched Congressman Bill Cassidy talk about how Medicare was set up as a pay as you go system. He mentioned that several times, and was very diplomatic with his explaination, however, he never addressed the fact that Congress and the Federal Government have borrowed money from the Social Security System for years. I know he said that he or the government is not blaming anyone. Of course not, they are the ones that have put Social Security in jeopardy, and as usual, the American Public is the one that has to suffer. Why not give up some of their raises or benefits? Or better yet, why don’t they repay all the money (with interest) that they have borrowed from Social Security, and the American People.
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What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve?
Last year’s shooting of an African-American male in Baton Rouge by two white police officers re-ignited a national debate on how law enforcement interacts with minority communities. Nationwide demonstrations were ultimately marred by the targeted ambush of 12 white officers in Dallas and the killing of three members of law enforcement in Baton Rouge. What can be done to improve trust among the police and the public they serve? How can Louisiana’s Capital City productively move beyond these events? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on a special town hall edition, “Black & the Blue” Wednesday, February 22 at 7pm; Sunday, February 26 at 1pm and Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm after the State of the Union address on LPB HD. In New Orleans on WLAE, Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM. (Recording Monday, February 20)
Invitation, details and directions (pdf format)
Our panelists will be:
• Fr. Rick Andrus, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Together BR
• Darrell Basco, state president of Fraternal Order of Police
• Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of Baton Rouge
• Rep. Ted James, D-Baton Rouge; Public Safety Task Force
• Stephanie Riegel; Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Reverend Raymond Jetson, pastor of Star Hill Church host the program. Robyn Merrick with the Southern University System and Bob Mann with LSU’s Manship School will moderate the discussion.
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What lessons did residents and state officials learn from this historic event and what challenges remain?
What concerns are on citizens’ minds as they go to the polls this fall?
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