July 1, 1016 was a huge day in Louisiana, it is the day that the Louisiana Department of Health expanded Medicaid. The goal of the program is to give more people access to healthcare which results in a healthy Louisiana. Here are 8 facts you need to know as a parent about Louisiana Medicaid.
The State Has Been Paying For The Louisiana Medicaid Expansion
The state has been sending money to the federal government for Medicaid expansion since 2014. Even though the state of Louisiana did not expand the Medicaid program, they were still paying for it.
Higher Income Limits
People who qualify are those under 138% poverty level, which is a higher income limit than traditional medicaid was. . Here are the income levels that you need to meet to qualify for Medicaid in Louisiana.
|1||$ 316||$ 631||$ 1,367||$ 16,395|
|2||$ 426||$ 851||$ 1,843||$ 21,108|
|3||$ 536||$ 1,071||$ 2,319||$ 27,821|
|4||$ 645||$ 1,290||$ 2,795||$ 33,534|
|5||$ 755||$ 1,510||$ 3,271||$ 39,248|
|6||$ 865||$ 1,730||$ 3,747||$ 44,961|
Expanded Medicaid Includes Everyone
The Expanded Medicaid program is not just for children and pregnant women. It includes everyone from the ages of 19-64 as long as you do not qualify for Medicare.
Louisiana Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act
If you are already enrolled in a plan through the ACA you can either keep that plan or switch to a Medicaid plan. This should be closely looked into on an individual basis due to tax credits.
Louisiana Medicaid and Employer Health Insurance
If you have a plan under your employer, you can apply and keep both your employer plan and Medicaid. Medicaid will cover what your employer’s insurance doesn’t cover.
GNOCHC and Louisiana Medicaid
If you qualified for GNOCHC or Take Charge you automatically qualify for the expansion plan. You will not need to fill out a new application.
Snap Benefits and Louisiana Medicaid
If you receive snap benefits you should have received a yellow envelope telling you that you qualify and need to call Medicaid directly. You will also not need to fill out an application.
Louisiana Medicaid Application
The application process is easier than before. To apply you should visit the Louisiana Medicaid website.
This expansion is for people who fall in the gap in Louisiana, who working but still cannot afford health insurance. No matter what your feelings are this will keep people out of the emergency rooms and have the ability to see a primary care doctor.