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Louisiana Medicaid Misery Tour

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PINEVILLE, La. - A big bus with a big message. The Louisiana Medicaid Misery tour ended its journey in Pineville Saturday night.

Sponsored in part by Louisiana Progress, this bus started in New Orleans early this morning and has made stops all over the state, finally arriving at Central State Hospital in Pineville Saturday evening.

Organizers of the tour say it's about putting a human face on healthcare cuts to LSU Hospitals and services funded by Medicaid.

Louisiana Progress execs say they're asking residents to take action against the cuts to save jobs and provided services.

"To encourage citizens across the state to contact their local legislators," says Melissa Flournoy, president and CEO of Louisiana Progress. "And to encourage them to understand the impact of these cuts, and to consider calling themselves into special session. So our mission is about outreach, it's about telling the stories of the families affected by the cuts, and about engaging with the legislators, and encouraging to step up and act."

Louisiana Progress is a non-profit organization formed in 2005.

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