The editorial cited a recent LSU survey on the state’s uninsurance rate, but omitted another important finding from that survey. From 2015 to 2017, enrollment by Medicaid-eligible individuals in employer-sponsored or other health insurance declined by nearly 75,000. It appears that since Medicaid expansion took effect, tens of thousands of Louisiana residents have dropped their private coverage to enroll on government-run health insurance –resulting in exploding costs to taxpayers.
Finally, your editorial failed to address the nearly 74,000 individuals with disabilities on Medicaid waiting lists in Louisiana. Because the state places a higher priority on covering able-bodied adults than providing critical care for the most vulnerable, thousands of Louisiana residents have died while on waiting lists for home-based care since Medicaid expansion took effect.
The data indicates that as a result of Medicaid expansion, taxpayers face an ever-growing tab for benefits provided to able-bodied adults — many of whom already had health insurance prior to Obamacare — even as the most vulnerable wait and wait for care. Louisiana can — and should — do better.
This post was originally published in the New Orleans Times-Picayune.