Medicaid expansion keeps more Louisianans healthier

People without insurance often only get care from an emergency department when their health problems become so painful that they have no other option. Seeking care this way leads to poorer health outcomes, since it means that care providers are unable to treat diseases and other ailments early on, when treatment is more effective and less invasive.

By expanding Medicaid, health insurance coverage has been provided for more than 400,000 Louisianans who couldn't afford insurance on their own. Under the model of managed care provided through the Healthy Louisiana program, every new Medicaid enrollee receives access to a primary care physician who oversees their overall care. Having a relationship with an established primary care physician has been shown to improve lifelong health and financial stability. Expanded Medicaid has also brought about numerous other health care benefits.

For example, new enrollees receive routine, preventive care, including annual checkups; get access to the medications they need; and receive help managing chronic conditions like diabetes. Women on Medicaid also receive the routine health services they need, such as mammograms.

Prior to Medicaid expansion, too many working Louisianans were without adequate healthcare, and lack of proper, preventative care ruined too many Louisiana lives and livelihoods. Expanding Medicaid fills this coverage gap and ensures that every Louisianan has the chance to live a long, healthy life.