BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Department of Health revealed new numbers Monday that showed more people are signing up for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program.
According to officials, more than 305,000 people signed up in time to be covered by July 1.
Health officials said, so far, nearly 12,000 who enrolled have received preventive services through the program.
The department said new members have also received the following healthcare services since July 1:
- Over 1,000 women have completed important screening and diagnostic breast imaging such as mammograms, MRIs and ultrasounds. Of those women, 24 have been able to begin treatment for breast cancer.
- Nearly 700 adults have completed colonoscopies and over 100 patients had polyps, a precursor to cancer, removed.
- Treatment has begun for 160 adults newly diagnosed with diabetes.
"Louisiana's Medicaid expansion is not just a card in the hands of members, it's saving lives," explained Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Department of Health. "We have now changed the landscape of health care coverage and have increased the likelihood that patients will seek and receive important, life-saving care."
In order for the program to reach the savings projected by the Edwards administration for this year's budget, another 75,000 would need to enroll by next June.
The Department of Health developed a dashboard tool on its Healthy Louisiana website that shows total enrollment, enrollment by parish, by age and gender, by month and by enrollment source.
"Our goal is increased quality and improved transparency," concluded Dr. Gee. "We are working toward a healthier Louisiana, and making data available to the public so they can make informed choices."