SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - State Representative Barbara Norton (D - Dist. 3) is asking Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal to reconsider his position in denying the state's participation in President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.
Jindal opposes the ACA, saying it could end up costing the state nearly $4 billion dollars over 10 years.
Rep. Norton has filed House Bill 110 and House Concurrent Resolution 4. Both pieces of legislation would require that Louisiana Medicaid eligibility standards conform to those established by the Affordable Care Act.
"Living in a state that is the second poorest state in the nation," Norton says, "we as legislators have a responsibility to the people to make sure that we are doing everything we can do, to help provide the best health care services that can be provided in the state of Louisiana. With that being said, it is our duty to make sure the people of Louisiana have an opportunity to receive the services that are provided by the Affordable Health Care Act."
Norton was joined by Caddo Parish Commissioner Ken Epperson, along with a handful of local doctors, labor union representatives, ministers and citizens.