Two and half months after Medicaid expansion came to Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ administration is touting figures that show people are taking advantage of broader access to health care. 
Prior to July, most Louisiana adults only had access to the Medicaid program if they were disabled or pregnant. But Edwards’ Medicaid expansion now means people who are able-bodied and working, but too poor to afford private insurance, are able to enroll.     
“To have working individuals who are not getting paid enough to afford insurance to meet the basic needs of their health care is just unacceptable, in my view, from a human rights standpoint,” said Dr. Rebekah Gee, head of the Louisiana Department of Health. “We’re making it possible for people to achieve the American Dream.” 
Louisiana is the first state in the Deep South to implement Medicaid expansion, but the 31st state in the nation to adopt the …
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