Help Close the Gap in Louisiana

I’m so impressed by the wonderful women’s health supporters in Louisiana fighting to expand access to health care for hundreds of thousands more people. A strong coalition of women’s and consumer health activists persuaded the Louisiana legislature to hold a hearing tomorrow (May 6th at 9:30am) on a Medicaid Expansion bill that could close the health insurance coverage gap. This bill (SB 10) would let the people decide by making a constitutional amendment that directs the Department of Health & Hospitals (DHH) to offer health insurance with essential health benefits to every legal resident of Louisiana with income at or below 138% of the federal poverty level.

The Raising Women’s Voices (RWV) Regional Coordinators in Louisiana, Women with a Vision and the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies need your help to support their fight to expand Medicaid – and today has huge potential. If you have been working diligently on this issue, we thank you. If not, here is your chance. Please take a minute now and call or email members of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee asking them for their support of Medicaid expansion to afford over 242,000 low income adults health insurance coverage. ASK THEM TO LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE.

The Committee List is as follows:

Senator David Heitmeier (Chairman)   
3501 Holiday Drive
Suite 225
New Orleans, LA 70114
(504) 361-6356
[email protected]
Senator Fred H. Mills, Jr. (Vice-Chairman)
800 S. Lewis St.
Suite 203
New Iberia, LA 70560
(337) 365-8484
[email protected]
Senator R.L. “Bret” Allain, II
600 Main Street
Suite 1
Franklin, LA 70538
(337) 828-9107
[email protected]
Senator Sherri Smith Buffington
9443 Mansfield Road
Suite C
Shreveport, LA 71118
(318) 687-4820
[email protected]
Senator Dan Claitor
320 Somerulos Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-7602
[email protected]
Senator Yvonne Dorsey-Colomb
1520 Thomas H. Delpit Drive Suite 226
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 342-9700
[email protected]
Senator Dale M. Erdey
P.O. Box 908
Livingston, LA 70754
(225) 686-2881
[email protected]
Senator Elbert L. Guillory
633 East Landry Street
Opelousas, LA 70570
(337) 943-2457
[email protected]
Senator Ben Nevers
724 Avenue F
Bogalusa, LA 70427
(985) 732-6863
[email protected]


If this bill passes, Louisiana would be one step closer to closing the coverage gap and expand Medicaid for more than 138,000 uninsured women – that’s huge! Please take a moment NOW to call in support of Medicaid expansion in Louisiana.

Cindy Pearson was the NWHN’s Executive Director from 1996 to 2021. One of the nation’s leading advocates for women’s health, Cindy often testified before Congress,  NIH and the FDA and was frequently featured in the news as a consumer expert on women’s health issues. When she retired, Cindy received a Congressional Resolution in honor of her outstanding contributions to the health of women and girls.