BATON ROUGE (WBRZ) - The Louisiana House has rejected an attempt to provide government-subsidized health insurance to thousands of people with the Medicaid dollars available under the federal Affordable Care Act.
The 59-37 vote against the Medicaid expansion proposal appeared to kill the issue for the legislative session. The Senate's budget committee has refused a similar bill. Gov. Bobby Jindal opposes the expansion.
Rep. Pat Smith's bill would have required the state health department to seek federal approval for a program using the Medicaid expansion dollars to provide private insurance coverage to adults making up to 138 percent of the poverty level - less than $32,000 for a family of four.
The federal government would have covered the full cost for the first three years.