Nearly three-quarters of Louisianans want the state to protect coverage of pre-existing conditions if federal protections are dropped—even if doing so results in higher insurance costs for healthy people. That’s according to the fourth of six reports from the 2019 Louisiana Survey, released today.
Roughly the same percentage of residents (76%) approve of Medicaid expansion, the survey found. Although Democrats express the highest levels of approval, majorities of Republicans (57%) and independents (73%) also express favorable opinions of the policy.
Among other key findings related to health care:
• Emphasizing potential costs of the state’s Medicaid program doubles the size of the gap between Democratic and Republican approval for expansion
• Most residents (55%) said they were unsure whether Louisiana has expanded its Medicaid program or not
• Only 35% of respondents correctly believe Louisiana has expanded its Medicaid program, while 10% incorrectly believe it hasn’t
The Louisiana Survey, a project of the Manship School’s Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs, is annually conducted by the Manship School’s Public Policy Research Lab. This year’s survey was conducted from Feb. 15 to March 7, and included 917 Louisianans aged 18 and older from across the state.
See the full fourth installment of the Louisiana Survey. The fifth report will be released on Tuesday.