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Play Button  Backgrounder - Backgrounder
Play Button  Extra - Elderly & Medicaid Cuts - David Hood, Senior Healthcare Policy Analyst for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana explains what Medicaid costs Louisiana seniors use most.
Play Button  Extra - Impending Train Wreck - Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana Analyst, David Hood, predicts an impending train wreck in the state between three healthcare-related issues.
Play Button  Extra - Why It Matters - AARP Louisiana volunteer president Brenda Hatfield explains why cuts to Medicare should matter to not just the state’s elderly.
Play Button  Extra - Not Welfare - Brenda Hatfield, AARP Louisiana volunteer president, takes issue with calling Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security entitlements.
Play Button  Extra - Medicare Knee Replacement - Retiree Jeanne George was only able to get her much-needed knee replacement after qualifying for Medicare.
Play Button  Extra - Retirement Declined - Jeanne George, a Louisiana retiree, explains how Social Security became much more important after her private investments declined by 50 percent.
Play Button  Extra - Congress Going Wrong Way - Louisiana retiree Jeanne George thinks that Congress is approaching the debt reduction situation the wrong way.

11/11 - Entitlement Cuts & Louisiana’s Seniors

Are Louisiana seniors in danger of losing a large portion of their Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security benefits?

While the Super Committee was unable to agree upon ways to trim an additional $1.5 trillion dollars from the federal budget, the door has been opened and discussion continues on how to best rein in the rising costs of entitlement programs. The head of the Congressional Budget Office has said that without addressing spending on these programs, it will be "extremely difficult to put the budget on a sustainable path." In Louisiana alone, more than 100 thousand seniors receive Medicaid benefits, 99% of seniors are enrolled in Medicare and 89% receive Social Security. What could program cuts mean to the state’s elderly and what other options are available for stabilizing costs? Watch “Entitlement Cuts & Louisiana’s Seniors” on “Louisiana Public Square” Wednesday, November 23rd at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

Funding for this program was made possible in part by AARP, a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization leading social change and delivering value to people age 50 and over through advocacy, information and service.

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How do we enlighten those like us who have not been seriously ill ‘yet’in the real value of Medicare and Medicaid especially during the last few years of each life?

Posted by Thomas B. O'Brien  on  11/10  at  10:44 AM

I sat here and watched Congressman Bill Cassidy talk about how Medicare was set up as a pay as you go system.  He mentioned that several times, and was very diplomatic with his explaination, however, he never addressed the fact that Congress and the Federal Government have borrowed money from the Social Security System for years.  I know he said that he or the government is not blaming anyone.  Of course not, they are the ones that have put Social Security in jeopardy, and as usual, the American Public is the one that has to suffer.  Why not give up some of their raises or benefits?  Or better yet, why don’t they repay all the money (with interest) that they have borrowed from Social Security, and the American People.

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According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? What role has the downsizing of traditional media played in creating a gap in coverage and possibly, community trust? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? And, how can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “News about the News” airing Wednesday, May 23 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, May 22)

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• Lance Porter, Director, LSU Social Media Analysis & Creation Lab

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