142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Louisiana’s Fight for Medicaid Expansion

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
One of the most important provisions of the Affordable Care Act is its funding expansion of health coverage to low-income families through the Medicaid program. Over 10 million Americans could gain medical insurance coverage this way. But, in twenty or so states, for mainly ideological reasons, office holders have blocked Medicaid expansion and related access to medical care. In Louisiana, opposition to expansion has been led by Governor Jindal. To counter these office-holders’ resistance, political movements have sprung up across the U.S. This session provides a national overview of these movements and then focuses on the Louisiana’s movement to support Medicaid expansion. Its presenters are leaders of Louisiana’s grassroots campaign for Medicaid expansion.
Session Objectives: Describe how coalitions in over a dozen states work to overcome opposition to Medicaid expansion under the ACA. Describe the current status on Medicaid expansion in Louisiana. Explain significant contributing factors related to efforts toward Medicaid expansion in Louisiana. Describe how the 2015 Louisiana gubernatorial campaign may affect Medicaid expansion. Discuss Louisiana’s advocacy and grassroots outreach approach.

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Organized by: Health Equity and Public Hospitals Caucus
Endorsed by: Socialist Caucus, Black Caucus of Health Workers, Community Health Planning and Policy Development

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH) , Masters Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES)