- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 12, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - On his first full day in office, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is reversing course from his Republican predecessor and starting the process to expand Louisiana’s Medicaid program.

Edwards signed the executive order Tuesday, ahead of President Barack Obama’s visit to Baton Rouge, where he’ll champion his federal health care overhaul that allows for the Medicaid expansion.

Louisiana’s governor says he wants to have government-funded health insurance cards in more people’s hands by July 1.

Under the governor’s plan, Louisiana would join 30 other states that have undertaken Medicaid expansions, including several states overseen by Republicans. But expansion efforts have been stymied in most Southern states amid GOP resistance.

It’s unclear whether Louisiana’s Republican-led Legislature will try to throw up roadblocks to slow down Edwards’ expansion plan.

Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide