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Play Button  Job Lock - Denise Bottcher with AARP Louisiana describes “job lock” and how the Medicaid expansion can reduce it.
Play Button  Small Businesses in Louisiana - Denise Bottcher with AARP Louisiana explains the attributes of the majority of small businesses in Louisiana and how the ACA affects them.
Play Button  Better Economic Sense - Denise Bottcher with AARP Louisiana describes how the Medicaid expansion can save taxpayers money.
Play Button  Profile of Eligible Workers - Denise Bottcher with AARP Louisiana gives the profile of workers that will be eligible for insurance cover through the expansion.
Play Button  Bayou Health is - Jeff Drozda, CEO at Louisiana Association of Health Plans explains the Bayou Health program.
Play Button  Physician Shortage Solution - Jeff Drozda, CEO at Louisiana Association of Health Plans touches on how to tackle the projected shortage of physicians serving Medicaid patients.
Play Button  From Old to New - DHH Chief of Staff Frank Opelka explains the transition of patients within the Medicaid system once it expands.
Play Button  The State Pays Less - DHH Chief of Staff Frank Opelka contrasts how the uninsured receives care now and how the expansion can save the state money.
Play Button  Doctors in the right spot - DHH Chief of Staff Frank Opelka describes what has happened in other states that have expanded Medicaid.
Play Button  Hospitals - DHH Chief of Staff Frank Opelka explains how hospital reimbursements will change under the expansion.
Play Button  Budget Cuts - DHH Chief of Staff Frank Opelka gives an update on how the budget cuts have impacted the agency.

02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

In January, Governor John Bel Edwards fulfilled his campaign promise and expanded Medicaid. An estimated 300,000 Louisianians will be eligible for coverage. How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change? What will the expansion mean for the cost of health care and insurance for everyone else in the state? How will hospitals be affected? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers on “Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana” airing Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. (Record date: Thursday, February 18)

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It’s important that Governor Edwards accept Fedral Medicaid Health Funding for poor tax payers. They deserve it plus it is the will of Almighty God that the fortunate help take care the less fortunate among us.

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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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