HHS Aproves New Model for Louisiana Medicaid Expansion

The Department of Health and Human Services has approved Louisiana to use information from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program to enroll people in its expanded Medicaid program, starting Wednesday.

Louisiana will be the first state to determine Medicaid eligibility using SNAP program information, using a process called a state plan amendment, HHS said Tuesday in a release announcing their approval. Tomorrow, the state will become the 31st state to begin enrolling people in a Medicaid expansion program.

“Thanks to the leadership of Governor Edwards alongside the hard work of federal, state, and local partners, starting tomorrow, hundreds of thousands of Louisianans will be able to join the 20 million Americans who have obtained quality, affordable health coverage because of the Affordable Care Act,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said in a statement. “This is another step in our country’s march toward a health care system that works better for everyone.”

The state expects to enroll 375,000 new adults in Medicaid as part of the expansion. Coverage will be effective starting July 1.