Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the new approach by the  Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) in providing home and community services that ends the wait for thousands of citizens with developmental disabilities.
“Under the leadership of Dr. Rebekah Gee, the Department of Health has implemented a tiered waiver system that puts people and their needs first,” said Gov. Edwards.  “Through this approach LDH is establishing the necessary infrastructure to become more responsive to those individuals who have urgent needs now and in the future.  These waivers represent a lifeline for so many people and families who advocate with passion that more funding be provided.  In fact, without this new approach it would have potentially cost the state of Louisiana $832 million in new state and federal dollars for adequate funding. I would also like to thank our legislators who gave LDH more than 600 waiver slots for 2018, allocated an additional 650 waiver slots for 2019 and expanded the purpose of the NOW fund allowing the funds to be used for all home and community based waivers.   This new system will offer coverage to more individuals in a way that will be more sustainable and responsive to the needs of our people for the long-term.”