New Orleans based non-profit rallying for Medicaid expansion - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

New Orleans based non-profit rallying for Medicaid expansion

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The non-profit organization "A Community Voice" rallied throughout the state Wednesday in an effort to "break barriers" and spread the word on Medicaid expansion in hopes of having the topic land on this year's ballot.

President and Lake Charles resident Lanny Roy says ever since Gov. Bobby Jindal opposed Medicaid expansion in 2012, his organization has been fighting for a change.

"It'll take all of us standing in solidarity to bring about changes," said Roy. "Until we bring up some positive changes, we ain't going nowhere, we're going backwards."

Roy suffers from neuropathy and says he can't afford proper health insurance. He says the privatization of charity hospitals made it difficult to receive proper treatment. He says that as president of "A Community Voice", his job is to do just that: to give a voice to those just like him.

"Regardless of Obamacare and all these other insurances, some people will NOT be able to afford 'affordable healthcare' because of their income," he said. "The elderly, people with disabilities, people that have been in the service that don't have that kind of money to buy that kind of insurance. What's going to happen?"

Meanwhile, "A Community Voice" held a rally in New Orleans in front of an abandoned city-owned mental health center to emphasize the need for Medicaid expansion and the state's incarceration of prisoners with mental illnesses.

"This would all be eliminated if Louisiana had Medicaid expansion," said Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, who was in attendance. "We need this for our poor, and our middle class, mentally ill residents, because they should never be placed in jail just because they have health issues."

Though the governor won't be coming back next year, Roy says he will continue fighting for Medicaid expansion with lawmakers until he sees a change.

"We had a great turnout in 2012, and we've been fighting ever since," he said. "We're going to continue fighting the fight to make sure we get the system back in place."

"A Community Voice" executive director Beth Butler says the organization will continue hosting community meetings in the New Orleans area.

The next community meeting set for Lake Charles is scheduled for the fall.

Copyright 2015 KPLC. All rights reserved.
  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Sulphur tiny princesses model for photographers' portfolios

    Sulphur tiny princesses model for photographers' portfolios

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:16 AM EDT2018-04-23 15:16:38 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    Some lucky Sulphur girls and a few boys got a chance to dress up as their favorite princes and princesses.  Photographers at Secret Garden partnered with Lori Blumenstock, a Memphis designer, to design the perfect dresses and costumes for the shoot. The photos were taken to help build some of the photographer's portfolios.  Blumenstock says that she saw the joy on the children's faces. "It's every little girl's dream to dress up like her favorite prince...More >>
    Some lucky Sulphur girls and a few boys got a chance to dress up as their favorite princes and princesses.  Photographers at Secret Garden partnered with Lori Blumenstock, a Memphis designer, to design the perfect dresses and costumes for the shoot. The photos were taken to help build some of the photographer's portfolios.  Blumenstock says that she saw the joy on the children's faces. "It's every little girl's dream to dress up like her favorite prince...More >>
  • Sunrise Birthday: Monday, April 23

    Sunrise Birthday: Monday, April 23

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-04-23 13:14:49 GMT
    Happy Birthday! Sunrise birthday for April 23: Ashley Jean Austin Clophus 9 Byron 'Blacc' Turner 40 Deandre Turner 9 Jenna Durousseau Kathy LaChapelle-Willmore Marilyn LaChapelle-Simmons Mindi Necole Reid 20 Sarah Bridnag-Duhon Trea Trapp 30 Sterling Adam Lecompte 8 Austin and Ashton Lede If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. C...More >>
    Happy Birthday! Sunrise birthday for April 23: Ashley Jean Austin Clophus 9 Byron 'Blacc' Turner 40 Deandre Turner 9 Jenna Durousseau Kathy LaChapelle-Willmore Marilyn LaChapelle-Simmons Mindi Necole Reid 20 Sarah Bridnag-Duhon Trea Trapp 30 Sterling Adam Lecompte 8 Austin and Ashton Lede If you want your birthdays featured on 7News Sunrise, send your pictures at least five days in advance to birthdays@kplctv.com. Please include the name, age and date of birth. C...More >>
  • Calcasieu Parish Police Jury combat litter problem in the parish

    Calcasieu Parish Police Jury combat litter problem in the parish

    Monday, April 23 2018 9:10 AM EDT2018-04-23 13:10:14 GMT
    (Source: Pablo)(Source: Pablo)

    It's a crime scene like you've never seen before. That's the statement that the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is trying to make. "This is litter in the shape of a body. Outlined as if it was a police scene" says Tom Hoefer, Communications and Media Director for the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, "Just highlighting the fact that litter is a crime. It's expensive, societally and for tax payers." How expensive? Between $175 and $1,000 in fines. Those convicted c...

    More >>

    It's a crime scene like you've never seen before. That's the statement that the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury is trying to make. "This is litter in the shape of a body. Outlined as if it was a police scene" says Tom Hoefer, Communications and Media Director for the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, "Just highlighting the fact that litter is a crime. It's expensive, societally and for tax payers." How expensive? Between $175 and $1,000 in fines. Those convicted c...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly