The enrollment period for Louisiana’s Medicaid Expansion began Wednesday, and already more than 175,000 people have already signed up.
Governor John Bel Edwards signed the executive order in January, making Louisiana the 32nd state to accept Medicaid Expansion.
“We are going to improve health outcomes in Louisiana. We want a better quality of life for our people. We want them to be happier, healthier, more productive people, and we want them to have access to coverage where we can diagnose earlier, treat earlier, manage diseases better,” Edwards said.
The program is expected to not only bring health insurance coverage to more than 300,000 Louisiana residents, but also save the state more than $184 million.
To qualify for enrollment, patients must be:
a Louisiana resident between the ages of 19 and 64
An individual that make less than $16,404 a year, or $33,540 a year for a family of four.
must not be already enrolled in Medicaid, or eligible for Medicare.
Enrollment will be open until the end of June.
Health care coverage will start July 1st.
Eligible patients can apply online or at any Medicaid application center statewide, or call 188-342-6207.