Medicaid Expansion in Louisiana

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Medicaid Expansion in Louisiana

AWS knows how expensive health insurance can be and we want to help ensure that your health is cared for. Adults ages 19 to 64 with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level are eligible for Medicaid coverage. If you are a single adult making $16,750 or less or a family of three or more making less than $28,680, then Medicaid is for you!

Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion program has helped create or support nearly 19,200 jobs across the state and $178 million in state and local taxes. The state health department hired three LSU professors to look at the program during the 2016-2017 budget and what they found was astonishing. The infusion of $1.8 billion in federal spending on health care through the Medicaid expansion had a $3.5 billion economic impact on Louisiana.

It is speculated that the job expansion should continue as long as the federal financing of the program continues. As soon as Governor John Bel Edwards started the Medicaid expansion two years ago, more than 470,000 people have enrolled in the government-financed coverage for the working poor and other nonelderly adults.

The federal government is paying most of the expansion cost. Louisiana is paying in part and will eventually increase to 10%. Lawmakers passed financing tools to assist with the state’s costs. These tools include a tax hike on health maintenance organizations.

This program has helped spot cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses. It not only helping those who receive it, but it is helping the state entirely. Louisiana is saving more than $300 million this year!

Navigating through the need for insurance is difficult. Here at AWS, we can help. If you have any questions about health insurance, talk to one of our experienced insurance agents today!

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Melinda Martin

Account Executive

Melinda began her insurance career in 1985 with Alexander & Alexander where she received her Property & Casualty and Life & Health license. Since then she has worked at various agencies in the New Orleans area and in California as a senior account manager for Employee Benefit Plans.  While in California, she was also the Membership Director for the Burbank Chamber of Commerce. Melinda joined the AWS team in July of 2015.

Michael A. Seeling

Vice President

Graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette with a B.A. in Insurance Risk Management and is a graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School in New Orleans. He joined AWS in October of 2008 and has been awarded the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Certification (PPACA). Additionally, he is working towards his Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), Registered Health Underwriter (RHU), and Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) designations. He is also a member of the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU), National Association of Insurance Financial Advisors (NAIFA), and is an active member of the Fore!Kids foundation.