Analysis: Medicaid changes could have sweeping impact in La.

That redesign is estimated to come with deep spending cuts. The implications would be major for Louisiana, where more than one-third of residents get health services through the Medicaid program, financed jointly by the state and federal government.

That’s not just the 400,000 people, largely working poor, who signed up for Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Medicaid expansion program created under former President Barack Obama’s federal health law.

Another 1.2 million low-income people in Louisiana are enrolled in Medicaid that existed before the Affordable Care Act: pregnant women, children, elderly residents and people with disabilities who rely on that program for preventive care, cancer screenings, birthing services, nursing home care, hospice services and home-based services that keep people from living in institutions…


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