Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration defends nursing home notices despite backlash

Despite backlash from Republicans in the State Legislature, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration on Monday stood by its decision to send letters to thousands of Medicaid recipients notifying that their benefits are at risk — including 17,000 nursing home residents who could face eviction.

Critics have called the move premature and politically-motivated since it has now been neutralized as lawmakers prepare to head into another special session next week to try to shore up the state’s finances.

“It’s an unnecessary political scare tactic done to intimidate and frighten the most vulnerable people into believing they will be kicked out onto the streets if the governor doesn’t get everything he wants in the form of revenue,” House Republican Delegation Chair Lance Harris said last week after the Edwards administration held a news conference to announce the letters…


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