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THE CONTROVERSIAL MEDICAID EXPANSION IS THE TOPIC OF THE MAY EDITION OF LOUISIANA PUBLIC SQUARE »»»

  • PREMIERING MAY 22 AT 7PM ON LPB
Should Louisiana expand Medicaid to subsidize healthcare benefits for lower income residents or will the long term cost be too much for the state to handle? Join LPB’s award-winning Louisiana Public Square for Medicaid Expansion: Take It or Leave It? premiering Wednesday, May 22 at 7PM on LPB, and 9PM on WLAE-TV in New Orleans. It also airs Sunday, May 26 at noon on LPB.

The Affordable Care Act, which has been declared constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, allows states to choose whether it wants to expand Medicaid benefits. Louisiana has not accepted this option because Governor Bobby Jindal says the expansion would cost the state up to $1.7 billion over the next 10 years and move hundreds of thousands of people from private insurance into a government-run health care system. He says that the Obama administration should allow more flexibility for states to design their own programs.

Supporters of the Medicaid expansion say the expansion offers a path to regular healthcare access for up to 400,000 uninsured residents, improving people’s health while helping Louisiana’s health care delivery system. They also note that Louisiana taxpayers will pay for the federal Medicaid expansion whether the state’s citizens benefit from participation or not.

Up to 20 average citizens will get a chance to voice their opinion on the subject and question a panel of experts that include Joan Ruff from the AARP Board of Directors, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Policy Advisor Calder Lynch, Senior Fellow with the Cato Institute Michael Tanner and City of New Orleans Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo. LPB President/CEO Beth Courtney and Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana President Robert Travis Scott will host the discussion.

Louisiana Public Square is simulcast on KRVS-FM in Lafayette and airs Thursday, May 23 at 7PM on WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge. The program will also be streamed on the LPB website at lpb.org/lps. Funding for the program was made possible in part by AARP.

For more information, contact Kevin Gautreaux at 1-800-272-8161, ext. 4218 or 767-4218. You can also email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Published: May 14, 2013
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