BATON ROUGE — On his first full day in office, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards reversed course from his Republican predecessor Tuesday and started the process of expanding Louisiana’s Medicaid program.

Surrounded by Medicaid expansion supporters at a news conference, Edwards signed an executive order calling for the state Department of Health and Hospitals to make the administrative changes needed to begin offering the health insurance coverage to the working poor. It was his first executive order as governor.

“This is the right thing to do. This is not even a close call,” Edwards said.

Edwards’ order came two days ahead of President


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