House agrees to financing mechanism for Medicaid expansion
BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers gave quick, unanimous passage to a proposal that would help pay for a Medicaid expansion if Louisiana's next governor wants to provide coverage to the working poor.
With a 96-0 vote Wednesday, the proposal by Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley was sent to the Senate for consideration.
Louisiana's Legislature has repeatedly refused to expand Medicaid under the federal health overhaul. Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes expansion.
But if the next governor, to be elected this fall, wants to do the expansion, Kleckley's legislation would provide a financing mechanism. Hospitals could pool their money to help pay Louisiana's share of the cost for a Medicaid expansion, which would draw down billions in federal cash.
All four major gubernatorial candidates say they'd consider an expansion.