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Wednesday, November 14, 2018



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Voters are urged to be informed before voting on upcoming constitutional amendments

Voters are urged to be informed before voting on upcoming constitutional amendments

When Louisianans’ go to the polls on November 4, they will be asked to vote for or against Constitutional Amendment No. 1.

The amendment reads: “Do you support an amendment to authorize the legislature to create the Louisiana Medical Assistance Trust Fund for the payment of Medicaid Reimbursement to the health care provider groups paying fees into the fund?”

Simply reading the text of this amendment tells the voter almost nothing about the consequences of a vote for or against the amendment. The amendment sounds good, right? But what are the real consequences of its passage?
If CA1 is passed it would provide rate protection for nursing homes and other institutions, leaving other critical services more vulnerable to cuts.

The services at risk include: Home- and community-based waiver services that assist seniors and people with disabilities to remain in their own homes; individual and family support services for people with disabilities; mental health services; hospice; services provided by Councils on Aging; primary care; early intervention for infants and toddlers with disabilities and employment support for people with disabilities.

Voting NO on Constitutional Amendment No. 1 is a vote in support of seniors and people with disabilities living in their own homes, not in nursing homes.

I am a parent of a son with disabilities. He wants to always live in his own home, in his own community, rather than in an institution.

Please take the time to understand what this amendment really means.

Gwen Hebert
Houma