So much for Medicaid reform in Louisiana, at least insofar as the Louisiana Legislature’s special session went.

With the state spending nearly half its budget on the program, and rivaling elementary and secondary education for the largest single category of expenditures in the $3.7 billion range, such a huge amount of taxpayer dollars leaves a lot of latitude for efficiency. In particular, House of Representatives Republicans promoted these measures as counterweights to several hundred million bucks worth of permanent tax increases advocated by Gov. John Bel Edwards.

GOP legislators settled on three initiatives. They wanted to cut down on fraudulent eligibility, which

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