Fewer Louisiana residents are going without health insurance

WWL Newsroom
September 10, 2019 - 1:28 pm

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The number of Louisiana residents without health insurance is falling, even as the national uninsured rate grew last year.

The Census Bureau shows 8% percent of people in Louisiana, or 363,000 residents, didn't have health insurance coverage in 2018.  That's down from 8.4% from the year before.  That's 19,000 fewer people in the state who are uninsured, according to new data released Tuesday.  

The national uninsured rate grew from 8.7% to 8.9% over the same period.

Louisiana's numbers are largely driven by the state's Medicaid expansion program which was enacted by Gov. John Bel Edwards in 2016 and gives taxpayer-financed health insurance coverage to 460,000 people.

Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards praised the latest statistics.

Edwards' management of expansion, has been criticized by Rubublicans, citing audits that suggest millions wasted on coverage for ineligible people.



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