LA governor to tout Medicaid expansion June 30 in Shreveport

LA governor to tout Medicaid expansion June 30 in Shreveport

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Louisiana's governor is scheduled to be in Shreveport on Thursday, June 30.

On their itinerary is a stop at 2:30 p.m. at David Raines Community Health Centers' location at 1625 David Raines Road in north Shreveport.

The center has been selected to be part of the state's Close the Gap campaign promoting the expansion of Medicaid in Louisiana, which goes into effect Friday.

The expansion, dubbed Healthy Louisiana, enables men and women ages 19-64 to enroll. State officials have said that makes an estimated 300,000 people, most of whom are uninsured, eligible for the program.

Applicants don't have to have a job to be eligible. Nor do they have to have children.

They do have to meet the citizenship and income requirements. The income limits are $16,243 a year for a single person, $33,465 annually for a family of 4.

Louisiana is the 32nd state to adopt the Medicaid expansion.

Edwards signed an executive order Jan. 12 making the expansion effective July 1.

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