WHAT’S ON THE SLATE?
Senator John Neely Kennedy’s description of a recent legislative audit of Louisiana’s newly expanded Medicaid program is particularly offensive to cancer survivors and others with serious chronic illnesses. The audit found as much as $85 million was spent on people whose income was higher than the law allowed. Governor John Bel Edwards’ administration had been working on revising a computer program for months to address issues with eligibility and received funding for the new program the same week as the audit’s results was announced. How often does THAT happen at ANY level of government: a problem is brought to light the same week that a long-planned solution to said problem is funded?