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The count: federal health care funding Louisiana stands to lose if Graham-Cassidy passes

$3.2 billion

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SOURCE: THE CENTER FOR BUDGET AND POLICY PRIORITIES.

Louisiana Secretary of Health Dr. Rebekah Gee sent a letter to Sen. Bill Cassidy last week saying that the bill would kill Medicaid expansion in the state, "jeopardizing coverage for more than 433,000 individuals." Gee (seen here with Gov. John Bel Edwards, left, and Mayor Mitch Landrieu at a January press conference touting Medicaid expansion) also said the bill "uniquely and disproportionately hurts Louisiana due to our recent [Medicaid] expansion and high burden of extreme poverty." Cassidy responded by noting Gee hadn't called him about the issue and said her comments showed "she chose to echo a left-wing think tank."

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