The secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, Dr. Rebekah Gee, spoke to the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday about the current state of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion.
She said that one of the biggest challenges was funding.
The original plan was to open resource centers around the state where people could come in and register for Medicaid, but with our state’s budget shortfall, lawmakers could not provide funding for additional staff and resources to support the expansion.
So, the department came up with a plan to bring registration to the people who need it.
Dr. Gee said, “We decided to do out-staging so we have individuals who are in hospitals where someone will go to an emergency room or a clinic and register people with Medicaid right there”.
So far , more that 300,000 new patients have enrolled in Medicaid and started receiving live saving care that they didn’t have access to before.
The department even created an online dashboard tool on it’s website where you can track enrollment throughout the state.
So far, Dr. Gee has liked what she as seen, but she knows that there is a long road ahead.
She said, “Over 300,000 people registered and of course doing that without an additional state worker and any additional funds from the legislature. We have a lot more challenges to overcome but I’m confident, given how well we’ve done with expansion, we can take on more challenges and do just as well”.
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