Thursday, May 23 2013 12:03 PM EDT2013-05-23 16:03:25 GMT
The week of May 18-24 is National Boating Safety Week and the officers of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are patrolling the waterways making sure everyone is following the rules andMore >>
As the holiday weekend approaches, officers of the LDWF want boaters to be safe on the waterways.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:30:09 GMT
When we think about tough jobs, working in the funeral industry is probably pretty close to the top of the list. While working in death care can be emotionally and mentally draining, a Lake Charles manMore >>
While working in death care can be emotionally and mentally draining, a Lake Charles man has found his calling: Cremating pets inside the region's only retail pet crematory.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:27 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:27:42 GMT
Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - You may have noticed more termite swarms around your area. In Lake Charles, swarms could be seen in several areas including around the Racquet Club on Lake Street. We have alsoMore >>
You may have noticed more termite swarms around your area.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:15 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:15:21 GMT
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday: Lake Charles: The City of Lake Charles will observe the Memorial DayMore >>
The following are closures and changes in garbage collection schedules in Southwest Louisiana related to the Memorial Day holiday:More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 11:09 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:09:07 GMT
A DeRidder man was killed Wednesday after being ejected from a pickup truck in a two-vehicle crash, according to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop D. Troopers said it happened shortlyMore >>
A DeRidder man was killed Wednesday after being ejected from a pickup truck in a two-vehicle crash, according to a news release from Louisiana State Police, Troop D.More >>
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BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC) -
The Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana on Tuesday issued a research brief on Medicaid expansion, recommending that the state conduct "a more thorough analysis" of the costs and benefits of expanding Medicaid coverage for uninsured adults under the Affordable Care Act.
PAR officials, in a Tuesday news release on the brief, said key factors have not been considered in previous studies.
"PAR again recommends that the Legislature provide greater input and guidance into the decision of whether to participate in the Medicaid expansion. PAR has previously recommended that the Legislature establish a special committee or commission to provide oversight and verification of the state's Medicaid healthcare program implementation," the release states.
PAR also maintains that Gov. Bobby Jindal should explain his alternative path for healthcare coverage for the state's uninsured if he chooses not to expand Medicaid.
"The governor has laid out some broad policy ideas for reforming Medicaid. If he has specific policy requests for flexibility under ACA and has not formally sought approval, he should make those requests to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. If an alternative plan to Medicaid expansion can be tailored to Louisiana, it deserves the public's consideration," the release states.
PAR President Robert Travis Scott said there are positive and negative consequences either way and all should be mulled.
"A new analysis could help us better understand those trade-offs and give us a better estimate than we have now about the ultimate impact of this new health care program," Scott said.