Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued a statement following the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget vote to extend critical managed care organization contracts governing the administration of health care in Louisiana after the fourth committee hearing on the matter:

“Today is a good day for the people of Louisiana, particularly for the 1.6 million Louisianans whose access to health care was in the balance leading up to today’s vote in the Joint Budget Committee. While it seems to me that the approval process became unnecessarily mired in political gridlock, I am very grateful for the good judgement shown by the committee today and for the leadership of Chairman Eric Lafleur in particular. The state can now move forward with the important work of ensuring access to healthcare for Louisianans who were counting on us to get this right.”