Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards highlights accomplishments by the Dept. of Health (LDH) in the latest installment of the “Louisiana: On the Right Track” video series. 
 
“I am incredibly proud of the work that the Louisiana Department of Health has done over the past two and a half years," said Gov. Edwards. “The benefits of adopting Medicaid expansion have proven that it was not only the right decision but a life-saving decision for so many of our people and our state. It has allowed hundreds of thousands of Louisianas to afford healthcare, many for the first time. Under the leadership of Sec. Rebekah Gee, LDH has helped move Louisiana in a direction where all who live here can be better cared for and have a better chance at living healthier lives.”   
LDH's accomplishments include:
  • More than More than 480,000 Louisiana adults, mostly the working poor, have been put on health insurance since Medicaid was expanded in Louisiana in July 2016.
  • More than 257,500 adults have received new patient or preventive healthcare services.
  • More than 10,000 adults with colon polyps removed- cancer averted
  • More than 56,000 women have been screened for breast cancer; 551 have been diagnosed.
  • Expansion has created or retained more than 19,000 jobs and generated $3.5 billion in economic activity.
“Medicaid expansion has real and lasting benefits for many thousands of people throughout our state," said Sec. Gee. "Today, more than 480,000 residents have healthcare coverage that was not available before expansion. This coverage gives individuals and families better health and peace of mind because they now have access to primary care, cancer screenings and lifesaving treatments for diabetes, mental health conditions, and high blood pressure. Expansion also is providing economic benefits to the state in the form of $3.57 billion in new economic activity and the creation of 19,195 jobs.”
 
Click here to see the new installment of the "Louisiana on the Right Track" video series. New videos will be released featuring the accomplishments of various state agencies. 
 
A link to download the video file is available by emailing govpress@la.gov.