BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program continues to add more people to the taxpayer-financed health insurance rolls, topping 500,000 enrollees this year and still growing.
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration had expected a steeper slowdown in enrollment nearly three years after the Democratic governor expanded Medicaid to more income levels as allowed under the federal health overhaul.
Instead, the health department told a Medicaid forecasting panel it's continuing to see sizable growth in sign-ups.
The agency estimates a 7.5 percent enrollment increase this budget year, followed by a similar increase next year.
Medicaid expansion is expected to provide insurance to 560,000 people by June 2020.