BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Newly inaugurated Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards plans to announce an expansion to Medicaid during a news conference this afternoon in Baton Rouge.
Edwards has said he wants to tap into the tax dollars available through the federal Affordable Care Act.
Past attempts to expand the program stalled under former Governor Bobby Jindal. But a majority in the legislature may back the new governor.
But the medicaid expansion may cost Louisiana taxpayers more in the long run when the federal government no longer funds 100-percent of the program, says Fox 8 political analyst Mike Sherman.
State taxpayers will have to pay at least 10 percent of the cost over the next several years.