Medicaid expansion enrollment in Louisiana tops 300,000

Cropped Photo: MGN Photo / MGN
Cropped Photo: MGN Photo / MGN

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The number of people who have signed up for Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion program continues to grow, surpassing 300,000.

The Louisiana Department of Health released the latest figures Monday, saying more than 304,000 people are enrolled for the coverage that began July 1.

The department says nearly 12,000 Medicaid expansion enrollees have received preventive services through the government-finance insurance program so far, like cancer screenings, colonoscopies and mammograms.

Adults ages 19 to 64 with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level, about $33,500 for a family of four, are eligible for the coverage.

More people still are needed to enter the program to reach the savings projected by Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration for this year’s budget. The budget assumed 375,000 people will enroll in the Medicaid expansion.

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