Around 200,000 low-income Louisianans who are currently working – in tourism, retail sales, health care and other sectors vital to the state’s economy – would gain health-care coverage in 2014 if the state were to take advantage of the opportunity to expand its Medicaid program, according to a Louisiana Budget Project news release.

The latest figures come from the Louisiana Budget Project’s analysis of new U.S. Census data that shows which economic sectors would benefit most from Medicaid reform.

Altogether, as many as 400,000 Louisiana adults would benefit if Medicaid is expanded as part of the new federal health-care reform law.

According to the federal law, 93 percent of the cost over the first 10 years would be paid for by the federal government.

To read more about how working Louisianans will benefit from Medicaid expansion, visit http://www.labudget.org/lbp/2012/12/new-census-data-confirms-medicaid-expansion-is-crucial-for-working-louisianans/

The Baton Rouge-based Louisiana Budget Project provides independent research and analysis of Louisiana fiscal issues and their impact on low and moderate income residents.