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Health and Health Coverage in the South: A Data Update

This brief provides key data on the South and the current status of health and health coverage in the South to provide greater insight into the health needs in the region and the potential coverage gains that may be achieved through the ACA. It includes data on the uninsured, Medicaid expansion and eligibility for coverage.

What Post-Katrina New Orleans Shows About Urban and Race Issues

Drawing on the latest Kaiser Family Foundation comprehensive survey of New Orleans, Drew Altman discusses a growing racial divide in the city about perceptions of economic opportunity for blacks and whites and what progress and challenges in New Orleans may mean for urban America in his latest column for The Wall…

What Post-Katrina New Orleans Shows About Urban and Race Issues

Drew Altman discusses a growing racial divide in the city about perceptions of economic opportunity for blacks and whites and what progress and challenges in New Orleans may mean for urban America in this column for The Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank.

New Orleans Ten Years After The Storm: The Kaiser Family Foundation Katrina Survey Project

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast and the subsequent levee failure led to unprecedented destruction in New Orleans, the Kaiser Family Foundation teamed up with NPR to conduct a survey of the city’s current residents. This work builds on three previous surveys conducted by the Foundation in 2006, 2008, and 2010, as well as a survey of Katrina evacuees in Houston shelters conducted in partnership with The Washington Post in September 2005. The new survey examines how those who are currently living in Orleans Parish feel about the progress the city has made and the lingering challenges it faces, including those brought about by Katrina and those that pre-date the storm.

New Orleans Ten Years After the Storm: Progress and Challenges

Views of New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina varied among residents a decade after the storm hit in 2005. A Kaiser Family Foundation/NPR survey finds residents’ reports of conditions in their own neighborhoods and their evaluations of the city’s progress have improved steadily on many fronts. However, residents say challenges remain, particularly in the area of public safety.

How Will the Uninsured in Louisiana Fare Under the Affordable Care Act?

This state report explains how the ACA expands coverage in Louisiana, including a breakdown of how many uninsured people are eligible for Medicaid, how many are eligible for financial assistance to help them buy private insurance in the new Marketplace and how many will not receive any financial assistance at all. The report also details, in specific dollar figures, the income levels at which people in Louisiana are eligible for Medicaid or financial assistance in the Marketplace. For states not expanding Medicaid, the report quantifies how many uninsured people fall into the “coverage gap,” meaning they will be ineligible for financial assistance in the Marketplace or for Medicaid in their state despite having an income below the federal poverty level.

State Exchange Profiles: Louisiana

Final update made on December 13, 2012 (no further updates will be made) Establishing the Exchange Governor Bobby Jindal (R) announced that Louisiana will not pursue the establishment of a state-based health insurance exchange and instead will allow the federal government to operate an exchange in the state.1 While a bill…