Threats to Children’s Healthcare in Louisiana
Louisiana ranks low on many health indicators. But one area where our state has made significant gains in recent years is in providing health coverage to children. While children in Louisiana are more likely to be poor than adults, they also are much more likely to have health insurance. This is thanks large part to Medicaid and the Louisiana Children's Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP). These programs are the main reason Louisiana has a 3.2 percent uninsured rate for children, below the national historic low of 4.1 percent. Prior to the introduction of LaCHIP, close to 1 in 3 low-income Louisiana children lacked health coverage. But as LBP's Carmen Green and Nick Albares explain in a new blog, these gains are threatened by the ongoing efforts on Capitol Hill to roll back the landmark 2010 health reform law known as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Read more on LBP's web page.
Posted by the The Louisiana Budget Project (LBP) which monitors and reports on public policy and how it affects Louisiana’s low- to moderate-income families. Posted on February 7, 2017