Gubernatorial candidates address Medicaid

Gubernatorial candidates address Medicaid

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Despite healthcare reform, thousands of people still don't have health coverage.

It is a topic both candidates for governor are talking about.

Democrat John Bel Edwards said he would expand Medicaid.

Republican David Vitter agreed, but only if he can get the best deal financially.

So far, Louisiana has refused to expand eligibility for Medicaid.

"We would have saved $52 million this year alone by expanding the program, with a $1.6 billion shortfall, that $52 million would come in handy," Edwards said.

"I would only consider an expansion if we do it on Louisiana terms, not the federal government's terms," Vitter said.

Expansion in Medicaid in Louisiana could mean better healthcare coverage for the working poor.

Copyright 2015 WAFB. All rights reserved.