August 8, 2019

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DGA Releases New Video: “Year Three”

Today, the Democratic Governors Association released a new video, “Year Three,” highlighting the success of Gov. Edwards’ decision to expand Medicaid on the third anniversary of expansion going into effect.

On his first day in office, Gov. Edwards signed an executive order expanding Medicaid in the state. Gov. Edwards’ leadership has transformed Louisiana’s health care system. Medicaid expansion gave 454,000 Louisianans access to health care and cut the state’s insurance rate in half.

Louisianans who report they were unable to see a doctor in the past year because of cost fell by 26.6 percent. Medicaid expansion created or supported over 19,000 jobs in the state and $177.8 million in state and local tax receipts.

During former Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s tenure, emergency rooms in Louisiana shuttered, most notably in North Baton Rouge. Now because of Gov. Edwards’ leadership, an emergency room opened its doors in North Baton Rouge in 2017.

And under Gov. Edwards’ watch, none of the state’s rural hospitals have closed unlike neighboring Mississippi and Texas, states that have refused to expand Medicaid.

Watch “Year Three” here.