Financing plan for Medicaid expansion wins committee support
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have repeatedly refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program, siding with Gov. Bobby Jindal. But they've started advancing a proposal that would help pay for an expansion if Louisiana's next governor has any interest.
Without objection, the House Appropriations Committee on Monday approved legislation by House Speaker Chuck Kleckley that would let hospitals pool their dollars and use that money to help pay for the state's share of the cost for a Medicaid expansion.
The maneuver could draw down billions in additional federal health care dollars, including for hospitals.
Kleckley, a Lake Charles Republican, says the proposal could help Louisiana's budget. He says all four major candidates for governor in the October election have said they'd consider a Medicaid expansion.