Roundup: Gee defends Medicaid / Bike docks installed / Baton Rouge has cheap gas

    Rebuttal: In a column published in The Wall Street Journal, Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Rebekah Gee writes that Chris Jacobs from Pelican Institute in a recent article presented data “in a misleading way to convince readers” that the Medicaid expansion in Louisiana has not been successful. Medicaid expansion in Louisiana has been “a great success,” Gee writes. Saying it has led Louisiana’s uninsured rate among adults to be reduced by half in two years—from 22.7% in 2015 to 11.4% in 2017. Read her full article.

    No wheels yet: The Gotcha pedal-assist e-bikes haven’t arrived yet, WAFB-TV reports, but the docking stations for the new bike share program are being installed downtown. “These hubs will be in the downtown district, as well as six BREC parks, LSU’s campus, as well as Southern’s campus,” says Cokie Reed, general manager for Gotcha’s Baton Rouge project. “We will have 50 hubs around town and that’s going to feature 500 pedal-assist bikes.” Read the latest update on Baton Rouge’s long-awaited bikeshare program.  

    At the pump: Baton Rouge gas prices have fallen 7.7 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $2.18 per gallon today, the lowest in the U.S., NBC Local 33 reports. Gas prices in Baton Rouge are 18.2 cents per gallon lower than a month ago, and 33.1 cents per gallon lower than a year ago. Read the full story.

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