We reported on this story a couple of weeks ago, but now the notices have been officially sent out to elderly Louisiana residents due to a shortage of Medicaid funds.
According to a Louisiana Department of Health spokesman:
“They’ve left the (Office of Technology Services), been put on a truck and taken to the post office.”
Those living in nursing homes and long-term care facilities starting receiving notices as early as last Friday.
Due to an expiring sales tax, 37,000 elderly and disabled Louisianans may be losing their Medicaid coverage. In a recent Special Session the state House of Representatives failed to pass legislation to cover the $648 million dollar budget shortfall which has caused a crisis for the state’s most vulnerable citizens.
Governor John Bel Edwards has been very critical of lawmakers, tweeting “Republicans are coming to terms with the budget that they passed that makes deep cuts to healthcare services for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Tell your legislators to #FixtheCliff #lagov”
The Republicans are busy criticizing the decision to send out the eviction letters, calling it a “scare tactic.” While the Department of Health prepares for an influx of calls from panicked citizens.