NCLI Gets 3 Congressional (R & D) Candidates to Agree on Medicaid Expansion, Payday Lending and Workforce Development

Over 150 leaders from Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith assembled with three candidates for US Congressional District 5 including Republican incumbent Vance McAllister, Dr. Ralph Abraham and Mayor Jamie Mayo.  Leaders succeeded in leveraging bipartisan agreement to work with the organization to:

- Expand Medicaid in Louisiana;
- Regulate payday lending through collaboration with the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau; and
- Leverage federal funding for model workforce development program NOVA.

Rev. David Hartsfield-Dyles of the Martin Temple CME church said, “While some of the candidates have concerns with parts of the Affordable Care Act, they agree that Louisiana should take advantage of Medicaid expansion offered under the ACA.”

Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith consists of over 65 institutions from diverse ethnic, income and political backgrounds working together for the common good.  Interfaith leaders also met with candidates for School Board, various judicial seats and Monroe City Marshall.  They plan to conduct a nonpartisan Get Out The Vote effort leading up to the November elections.

Additional Information, Northern & Central Louisiana Interfaith