The Council passed Resolution R-13-300, co-authored by Councilmembers Cantrell and Gray, stating the Council's commitment to continue educating the public about the benefits associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and advocating for Medicaid expansion in Louisiana. The Resolution also recognizes the ongoing efforts of The Jeremiah Group, a broad-based, institution-based community organization, which recently delivered to the Governor thousands of letters in support of Medicaid expansion.
The Legislative Fiscal Office estimates that Medicaid expansion in Louisiana would save at least $185 million over the next decade and give 290,000 people across the state better access to preventative health care.
District "B" Councilmember Cantrell said, "In the coming months we will start to see certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act go into effect and we want to make sure that the public is informed about its many benefits. It is our hope that our citizens will be able to take advantage of the program's expanded opportunities to improve access to health care."