He’s going to address them.”More than a million Louisiana residents already are on Medicaid, which is paid mostly by federal dollars.The billion Medicaid program accounts for about a third of the state’s annual budget.
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana Governor Elect John Bel Edwards speaks about his plans after winning the election the day before at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, La. Bobby Jindal and open the government health insurance program to more low-income workers was a cornerstone of the Democrat’s campaign.
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana Governor Elect John Bel Edwards speaks about his plans after winning the election the day before at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, La. His promise to reverse repeated rejections of expanded Medicaid by Republican Gov.
On the campaign trial, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards promised time and again that he would expand the rolls of Medicaid on his first day in office.
But legal realities have caused Edwards to back off, at least for the time being, while his incoming administration works through a legal glitch raised by the Legislature’s fiscal advisers.
Edwards told reporters Sunday in his first news conference as governor-elect that Medicaid expansion “will be part of the early initiatives that you see in my administration” — but not the first thing.
The communications director for the transition, Mary-Patricia Wray, said, “We are going to do it as soon as we possibly can.But he’s not going to ignore the concerns of the Legislative Fiscal Office.Shocking footage - taken from inside a car just a yard away - shows Sterling being wrestled and thrown on to the ground by officers who then hold him down as he attempts to struggle. Two officers responded and had some type of altercation with the man and one officer fatally shot the suspect, Mc Kneely said.Both officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard department policy, he said.The store's owner, Abdul Muflahi, told WAFB-TV that the first officer used a Taser on Sterling and the second officer tackled the man.Muflahi said as Sterling fought to get the officer off of him, the first officer shot him 'four to six times.' Baton Rouge police spokesman Cpl.