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Legislators look at health, roads

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In the area of healthcare, Downs said legislators were able to fully fund the state’s rural hospitals and increase the number of waiver slots by about 3,000 so that more elderly and disabled residents could receive care at home or in a community setting as opposed to an institution.

Gallot said the income limits were also raised for the LaChip program — which provides children with health insurance at no cost — to make it available to more working parents.

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