Just restating what has been stated many times already this weekend, but Medicaid will be expanded in Louisiana sometime in the first quarter of 2016.
Edwards, a state lawmaker, will take over the office from term-limited Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal in January. Edwards has supported Medicaid expansion in Louisiana, which Jindal has rejected.
Details are still needed to develop an actual timeline for implementation. Governor Elect Edwards (D-LA) has said that he will expand Medicaid by executive order on the first day that he is in office. However Louisiana has a budget crisis as it is a petro-state and oil prices have crashed. The Louisiana legislature is still dominated by conservative Republicans and although they effectively washed their hands of Medicaid expansion by authorizing the governor to make the call, Medicaid expansion could be part of a series of negoatiations to resolve the budget crisis. Straight up expansion would take a month or two to get the plumbing right while a 1115 waiver expansion would take longer. I bet it will initially be straight up expansion with a March 1 enrollment start date to allow the managed care companies sufficient time to reconfigure their systems.