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Failure of Medicaid Expansion (2014)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2014-04-25

Duration: 00:08:15

Subjects: Politics | Louisiana. Legislature | Louisiana Legislative Session, 2014 | MEDICAID | Health Care | United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act | Mental Health | Smith, Patricia Haynes | Government


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Smith, Pat Interviewee
  • Thomas, Mark Interviewee


This segment from the April 25, 2014, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford’s on-set interview with State Representative Pat Smith and Mark Thomas, the executive director of Mental Health America of Louisiana. They discuss: the defeat of State Senator Ben Nevers’ bill allowing Louisiana citizens to vote on a constitutional amendment expanding the Medicaid program through funding from the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare); the effectiveness of the Jindal Administration’s public-private partnerships in health care; the Arkansas model of Medicaid expansion; the mental health services in the state; and the other Medicaid expansion bills still under consideration at the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature.