Louisiana District 3 Rep. Barbara Norton spoke to a bevy of reporters when she unveiled details of her bill to expand Medicaid in the state under the Affordable Care Act.
Flanked by supporters, Louisiana District 3 Rep. Barbara Norton of Shreveport explained her motivations yesterday for filing a bill that would require the state to sign on to an expansion of the Medicaid program and participate in the Affordable Care Act. Estimates are that up to 400,000 more Louisianans could be eligible for Medicaid next year and thereafter if the state chose to expand the program, with the federal government picking up most of the tab. Gov. Bobby Jindal has criticized such a move, calling Medicaid an inefficient and poorly managed program.
Airs Wednesday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. The U.S. Supreme Court has been hearing arguments in the one of the most important legal and policy cases of our generation. Today the justices will consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. The Supreme Court will release audio of today's arguments and NPR will offer one-hour wrap specials tonight of the arguments. Jennifer Ludden, NPR correspondent, will host tonight special. We will have edited highlights of the arguments before the justices. Tentative guests include Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg, Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner and National Political Correspondent Mara Liasson.