Medicaid provides health services for 30% of Louisianans, has helped close racial divide among children, analysis says

As the 50th anniversary of Medicaid’s creation is remembered today, an analysis released by the Louisiana Budget Project says the federal program provides essential health services for 30% of Louisianans and has “successfully reduced stark racial disparities in health coverage among children.”

“White and black children in Louisiana are insured at nearly identical rates because of Medicaid,” reads the analysis by LBP, a Baton Rouge-based nonprofit that reports on public policy and how it affects low- to moderate-income families. “But among adults—most of whom are not eligible for Medicaid regardless of income—large racial gaps in coverage (and health outcomes) persist. Without Medicaid, health care inequality would be far worse than it is today.”

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