September 27th, 2012
With Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration opting out of the Medicaid expansion offered in the federal Affordable Care Act, New Orleans officials say they are looking for ways to go it alone. Jindal announced his decision after the Supreme Court in June upheld the constitutionality of the health-care overhaul legislation but ruled that states can’t be compelled to expand Medicaid, a key component of President Barack Obama’s goal of providing near universal health coverage by 2014.
If Gov. Jindal chooses not expand Medicaid as allowed through the Affordable Care Act, the City of New Orleans is working with the (federal) Department of Health & Human Services some options to provide universal coverage for residents.
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