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Govs Get It Done: Uninsured Rate Drops in Louisiana Thanks to Gov. Edwards’ Medicaid Expansion

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Democratic Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Medicaid expansion is lowering the uninsured rate in the state even as the national rate continues to rise. In the last year, an estimated 19,000 Louisiana residents gained health care coverage, dropping the uninsured rate from 8.4 percent to eight percent.  Gov. Edwards enacted a Medicaid expansion program in 2016 that expanded health care coverage to over 450,000 people.
Read more about the ongoing benefits of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion below:
The New Orleans Advocate: ‘We’re doing something right in Louisiana’: More people than ever have health insurance here
The number of Americans across the U.S. without health insurance rose for the first time in a decade, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But in Louisiana, more people are covered than ever before, bucking the national trend.
Associated Press: Fewer Louisiana residents are going without health insurance
The number of Louisiana residents without health insurance is falling, even as the national uninsured rate grew last year.
New data released Tuesday from the Census Bureau shows 8% percent of people in Louisiana, or 363,000 residents, didn’t have health insurance coverage in 2018, edging down from 8.4% a year earlier.