The November election is just a little over a month away and there are several constitutional amendments on the ballot, Medicaid fund, gun rights and retirement legislation top the list of Louisiana's nine proposed constitutional amendments. These proposals were approved by legislators during the 2012 regular session.
Amendment one; the proposed change in The Medicaid Trust Fund would prohibit the legislature or Governor from taking money from the Medicaid trust fund in order to help balance the state's operating budget.
The trust fund provides a permanent source of support for health care programs for the state's poor and elderly.
Currently, if the state anticipates a deficit in its annual budget, Louisiana's constitution allows money to be tapped from various government trust funds to cover the shortfall.
The constitution provides special protection to a number of trust funds, but the Medicaid trust fund isn't among them.
A vote for the amendment would add the Medicaid trust fund to the list of exemptions. A vote against would allow the possibility that money could be taken from the fund.