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Alphabet Soup: Medicaid Terminology

(This is an encore episode.) As Louisiana deals with chronic shortages in the state healthcare budget and works through accepting the federal Medicaid expansion, a whole lot of acronyms are being tossed around, like ACA, IGTs, CMS, IAT, DSH payments, FMAP rates. What the heck is all this alphabet soup, you ask? Here’s a quick class on Medicaid terminology.
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4 Things The New Hampshire Primary Will Tell Us

New Hampshire voters go to the polls Tuesday, and they will resolve a lot of questions. Here are four things the first-in-the-nation primary will tell us:1. How much damage did the last debate do to Marco Rubio?Rubio came into New Hampshire with a head of steam. He quickly moved into second place in the polls, and there was even some hope he could overtake Donald Trump in the Granite State. But then, the needle got stuck on his talking points in the ABC debate on Saturday, earning him the...
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Making Faces

Feb 8, 2016
Larry Livaudais, LSU FACES Laboratory

When local authorities find a decomposed body they can’t identify, what do they do?

Well, they send it to the LSU FACES Laboratory.

“It goes through a processing stage where anthropologists try to identify the gender, the race, and the approximate age range," says Larry Livaudais, the Imaging Specialist and Facial Reconstructionist at the FACES Lab. "Then after that it comes to me and I try to put a face to it as best I can with the clay.”

Louisiana Division of Administration

What on earth is the CAFR?

“The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,” John McClain with the Division of Administration explained recently, while giving freshman legislators a brief lesson in state finances.

“The goal of the CAFR is to provide data on the state’s financial health, as a whole,” McClain said, while going over the salient points of Louisiana’s CAFR for 2015. While the 217-page report seems complicated at first glance, he says it’s really designed to answer one simple question:

“How well can our current resources cover the claims on those resources.”


LSU AgCenter

Early February is an excellent time to prune repeat flowering roses. And now is the time to get this done if you haven't pruned them already.

Repeat flowering roses are those that bloom heavily in the spring and early summer, then intermittently through the summer, and heavy blooming again in October through early to mid December.

Roses are pruned for a variety of reasons. One of them is to stimulate new growth. Another reason is to control the size of the bush.


Ken Stewart

We live in a world today where content is king, everyone can be an expert on the Internet, and building your own personal brand is the secret to success in our post-modern digital age. While all of that may be second nature to those who were born during the Clinton presidency, some of us need a little help.

livescience.com

Today, Governor John Bel Edwards is expected to issue his call for the special legislative session to begin February 14th.

“The need for additional revenue is now, and it’s acute,” Edwards has said.

The call will tell lawmakers to consider a number of revenue-raising measures to alleviate the state budget shortfall, which Commissioner of Administration attributes to “poor fiscal planning combined with a shortfall of revenue.”

Creativecommons.org

With just a month to go until Louisiana’s Presidential Preference Primary, a study committee is looking for ways to cut back on the expense of so many elections. 


Sue Lincoln

He may have been sworn in three weeks ago, but Governor John Bel Edwards remains on the campaign trail.

“Despite everything that we’ve heard from the ‘education reform governor’, he left office and our educational achievement levels were 49th,” Edwards said Tuesday evening.

Thus far this week, he has spoken to the Republican Legislative Caucus, Board of Regents stakeholders, and the American Sugar Cane League. Today he’s set to address the Louisiana Hospital Association and the construction trades convention. Edwards is pushing his plan for solving the state budget crisis, now seeking votes from lawmakers.

Sue Lincoln

“We didn’t need to create a doomsday budget. Governor Jindal did that for us.”

Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says even though citizens have been told the sky was falling for the past several years, this time everybody better grab an umbrella.

“These are not cherry-picking the worst possible things to get everybody all in a lather. This is the reality of what we’ll have to deal with.”

Dardenne was blunt with the Baton Rouge Press Club Monday, talking about the cuts DHH will have to take as part of curing the 750-million dollar current budget shortfall.

Microwaving Saturn

Feb 1, 2016
http://www.playbuzz.com/tomnixon10/can-you-recognize-a-planet-by-its-picture

For most people, a microwave means a quick way to "nuke" your food.

But for LSU Math Professor Dr. Robert Lipton, a microwave means another thing: “Deep space communications – like how do you control the Mars Rover? They can use microwaves or radiowaves.”

Creative Commons

Louisiana’s Democratic governor is revving his engines,  responding to Republicans revving theirs.

“It is time to stop living in Fantasyland. It is time to stop pretending things are better than they are,” Governor John Bel Edwards says in response to statements made by Republican lawmakers as well as the state Republican Party.

Last week, Republican Senator Jack Donahue, the former chair of the Senate Finance committee, intimated the budget shortfall is fiction since the revenue estimating conference has yet to recognize it.

“Right now, it doesn’t exist,” he said during a briefing on the current budget situation.

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