Survey: 76% of Louisianians support Medicaid expansion among working poor

(Photo credit: LSU Manship School News Service)

Published: Apr. 11, 2019

By: Sydney Tardy

BATON ROUGE– A survey revealed that 76 percent of Louisiana residents support a program that expanded Medicaid among the working poor, but Republicans are more likely to be concerned about the potential cost of the program.

The Public Policy Research Lab at the LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication conducted the survey of 917 adults across Louisiana.

Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, expanded Medicaid in 2016 to include people earning up to 38 percent above the poverty line, and that has added nearly 500,000 people to the rolls. Edwards, who is running for re-election, cites the expansion as one of his main accomplishments.

But Republican gubernatorial candidates and lawmakers have complained that the program has not been as tightly managed as it should be. And even though the federal government now pays more than 90 more of the costs, they have expressed concerns about the future cost to the state.

Read more in KALB.

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