Louisiana Governor-elect names DHH head, outlines plan to expand Medicaid

January 04, 2016

Louisiana Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards said he would sign the order expanding Medicaid and that new enrollees should be carrying their cards by July 1. He admits changing the rules that would allow more low-income people to enroll in Medicaid has many obstacles, both legal and administrative, but maintains he will sign an executive order on the matter within the first days of being sworn in as governor. Dr. Rebekah Gee has been named secretary of the state Department of Health and Hospitals, and says the new administration would have to hire 248 employees to handle the surge, which is expected to add about 300,000 new enrollees to the government program that already provides health insurance for about 1.4 million Louisiana residents. Gee teaches health policy and management at LSU and is the state Medicaid medical director. About a quarter of the state's population is enrolled in Medicaid.
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