Medicaid expansion debate to resume in Louisiana
BATON ROUGE- Efforts to provide government-subsidized health insurance to thousands through an expansion of Louisiana's Medicaid program will again be pushed in the upcoming legislative session.
Former Louisiana health secretary David Hood said Monday he'll be involved with a coalition of Medicaid expansion supporters seeking to persuade state lawmakers who rejected the idea last year.
Hood acknowledges that chances of getting the bill to passage are slim because of strong opposition from Republicans, in particular Gov. Bobby Jindal.
The Medicaid expansion would be paid with dollars approved under President Barack Obama's health law. The federal government would cover the full cost for the first three years and the majority of the cost thereafter.
Jindal opposes the expansion as too costly for the state and as an inappropriate growth of government health care.