Sen Kennedy Criticizes La. Medicaid Program, Asks Feds To Investigate

Mar 1, 2019

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INELIGIBLE RECIPIENTS? -  U.S. Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana has asked the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to investigate Louisiana’s Medicaid program  after he severely criticized  the state’s health agency and its leader, Dr. Rebekah Gee earlier this week.

According to the Monroe News Star,  the Republican Senator  wrote  a  letter to the  federal Medicaid Administrator  requesting   the  agency  to  “investigate whether or not the Louisiana Department of Health has violated federal Medicaid regulations.” His action was prompted after the state’s department of health revealed as many as 37,000 Louisiana Medicaid recipients  may be ineligible  because  their  income exceeds  the  limit  for  coverage.  According 

Senator John Kennedy (R) Louisiana
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to Kennedy -- the cost of the insurance for those who might be ineligible could be as high as $200 million,     Last month, Louisiana’s Health Department sent letters  to  those  37,000  Medicaid  recipients notifying them they have one month to prove their eligibility to continue  receiving  the insurance coverage.

Most of the 37,000 people in question  are  part of the Medicaid expansion Gov John Bel Edwards ushered in as one of his first orders of business in 2016.   The expansion  insured  about  500,000  more  Louisianians  and  slashed  the state’s  uninsured  rate  in  half.