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Sent: Tuesday, October 15,[masked]:09 AM
Subject: In the News
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Dear Susie,While much of South Louisiana is enjoying the start of a manufacturing boom, the benefits are not trickling down to low- and moderate-income families. U.S. Census data showed the poverty rate continued to rise. And while the state added jobs in August, they were still concentrated in low-wage sectors. This means more Louisianans are working for wages that can't support a family. In addition, the new health insurance marketplace opened, but adults who earn less than the poverty level still don't have access to affordable coverage.
Health care exchanges openA centerpiece of the federal health-reform law took effect Oct. 1, when the sign-up period began for the new health insurance marketplaces. Here in Louisiana, thousands of people faced glitches and had trouble signing up for affordable coverage through the new marketplace, as Bloomberg Business reported. At the same time, lawmakers continued to short-change the poorest of the poor. Those who are too poor to qualify for federal subsidies are left with no options after Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration refused to accept federal dollars to extend private coverage through the Medicaid program.
Other September issuesLBP continued to advocate for responsible budget policies that help low- and moderate-income families. Our 2012 report on Louisiana's film and TV subsidies continued to garner national media attention, And our report on the State of Working Louisiana 2013 continued to draw attention to the plight of the average worker, whose wages have grown by just 1 percent since 1979, when adjusted for inflation, even as productivity has climbed 35 percent over the same period.
Thank you again for all your support and please don't hesitate to contact me with any comments or questions.Sincerely,Amy FowlerLouisiana Budget Project