Nonprofit Health Services in Louisiana Expanding in Anticipation of Increase in Medicaid Patients

Nonprofit clinics and health services in Louisiana are preparing for the anticipated increase in patients expected to result from the expansion of Medicaid eligibility under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, according to Proquest.
The Affordable Care Act will raise the eligibility of Medicaid to adults who make 133 percent of the federal poverty level compared with Louisiana's current standard of 12 percent. The change is expected to increase Medicaid enrollment in Louisiana to 500,000 people over a five-year period, according to the Kaiser/Urban Institute.
Even with the proposed expansions, however, many are concerned that there isn't a health infrastructure to support the surge of Medicaid patients on the horizon.

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