Governor John Bel Edwards announced that the United States Census Bureau released new statistics showing that Louisiana’s uninsured rate dropped to 8 percent in 2018, falling further below the national rate of 8.9 percent.
This can be attributed in large part to Medicaid expansion. Under that program, 19,000 fewer Louisianans were uninsured in 2018 compared to 2017. There are now more people with health insurance than at any point in the state’s history, according to the U.S. Census data.
Louisiana was one of only 15 states in the nation to see a drop in the uninsured rate in 2018. In 2013, prior to Medicaid expansion, the Census Bureau reported that Louisiana’s uninsured rate was 16.6%. As a result of expansion, that number has been cut by more than half.
Governor Edwards expanded Medicaid on his first day in office in 2016, calling it the easiest big decision he has made as governor.
Around 460,000 working adults receive coverage through the Medicaid expansion.
To find data about coverage and care provided by the expansion, visitvisit http://www.ldh.la.gov/HealthyLaDashboard/