Medicaid Expansion in Louisiana
Medicaid expansion in Louisiana is effective on July 1, 2016. Applications are being accepted effective June 1, 2016.
On January 12, 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards signed an executive order (JBE 16-01) to begin the process for expanding Medicaid in Louisiana no later than July 1, 2016. Expansion will make Medicaid available to the 300,000 to 450,000 adults living in Louisiana who do not currently qualify for full Medicaid coverage and cannot afford to buy private health insurance.
By receiving Medicaid coverage, the Louisianans, many of them working adults in important industries like food service and construction, will finally be able to get the regular, preventative and primary care that best promotes health and wellness.
Services will start July 1, 2016
Who can apply?
Any adult who meets the eligibility criteria listed below will be able to enroll in Medicaid under the expansion.
Aged 19 to 64 years old
Has a household income less than 138% of the federal poverty level (see chart below)
Doesn’t already qualify for Medicaid or Medicare
Is a U.S. citizen
138% of the Federal Poverty Level for 2016:
Department of Health and Hospital and all Medicaid Application Centers will begin assisting consumers with the application process for the Medicaid Expansion program beginning June 1, 2016. You may call one of our centers below to set up an appointment for free in-person assistance. You may also enroll online at www.healthy.la.gov, by toll free phone at 1 (888) 342-6207, or you can call/visit any Medicaid Application Center of your choice for assistance.