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Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana (2016)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-02-24

Duration: 00:57:41

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | MEDICAID | Health Care | United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act | Hospitals | STATE BUDGET | Bayou Health (La.) | Medicaid fraud | HEALTH INSURANCE


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • McGraw, Marvin Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Edwards, John Bel Speaker
  • Bottcher, Denise Interviewee
  • Opelka, Frank Interviewee
  • Drozda, Jeff Interviewee
  • Keith, T. Bradley Speaker
  • Tasman, Rob Speaker
  • Thompson, Ryan Speaker
  • Candler, Sarah Speaker
  • Savoie, Bobby Speaker
  • Cooper, Gregory Speaker
  • Sinclair, Heidi Speaker
  • Assercq, Jule Speaker
  • Valentine, Christy Speaker
  • Heredia, Maria Speaker
  • Fontenot, Matthew Speaker
  • Bertaut, Michael Panelist
  • Gee, Rebekah Panelist
  • Wright, Stephen Panelist
  • Wiltz, Gary Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from February 24, 2016, features Marvin McGraw leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the impact of Medicaid expansion in Louisiana. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. The audience members discuss their stance on Medicaid expansion, the long-term cost of Medicaid expansion to the state, and the impact of expansion on hospitals. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Michael Bertaut, an analyst with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; Dr. Rebekah Gee, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH); Stephen Wright, the president and CEO of CHRISTUS Health Louisiana; and Dr. Gary Wiltz, the CEO of Teche Action Clinic. They discuss: the impact of expansion on their organizations; the reimbursement rates for primary care physicians and specialists; the role of the Legislature in Medicaid expansion; the impact of expansion on the state budget; the quality of care for patients; the importance of patient education; attracting more providers to Bayou Health; Medicaid fraud; and the Bayou Health system. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Marvin McGraw