Viewpoint: June 25, 2013

We think it's important to share and comment on analysis made by reputable organizations regarding important issues affecting Louisianians. The Rand Corporation this month released a report focusing on the 14 states that have decided not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Louisiana is one of those states.

Rand's analysis found their decision will deprive 3.6 million people of health coverage. That stand, perhaps based more on politics than logic, will cost in other ways as well. Another finding, these states collectively could spend as much as $1 billion more on uncompensated healthcare in 2016 alone than if they had expanded Medicaid.

The study points out these states will be subject to taxes, fees and other revenue provisions of the Affordable Care Act without reaping the benefit of the additional federal spending. Gov. Bobby Jindal has repeatedly said Louisiana will not participate in the expanded Medicaid program. But, several reluctant governors have changed their positions and are now opting in.

On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of people in our state currently uninsured, governor, we urge you to reconsider.