Department News

August 02, 2016
In a coordinated effort to help eligible adults enroll into the newly expanded Medicaid program, or Healthy Louisiana, a unique partnership has been formed between hospitals and the state’s Medicaid program.
August 02, 2016
While expanding Medicaid coverage is going to be a chore in some places for health care providers, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to expand the program to the working poor will benefit Louisiana both in the short run and in the longer term.
July 29, 2016
Today, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed one additional case of Zika virus. As in all of the other cases in Louisiana, this patient travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
July 29, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will close molluscan shellfish growing area 11, located in Plaquemines Parish along the Gulf of Mexico, effective at sunset on Friday, July 29, 2016. This is a precautionary closure due to paralytic shellfish poisoning, a serious illness caused by eating shellfish contaminated with harmful toxins, in the area.
July 27, 2016
Over the past week, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed five additional cases of Zika virus. Each patient had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection. This brings the total to 14 cases of travel-associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. There have been no confirmed cases of local transmission within Louisiana.
July 26, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, will be in Lafayette on Wednesday, July 27 to help promote enrollment in Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
July 25, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, will be in Lake Charles on Tuesday, July 26 to help promote enrollment in Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
July 22, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, will be in Hammond on Monday, July 25 to help promote enrollment in Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
July 21, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health has received confirmation of one additional case of Zika virus. The patient had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
July 19, 2016
Are you interested in learning more about the health of your community or a researcher looking for health data? A new site developed by the Department of Health can provide you with information like the number of uninsured Louisianans, the rates of those with chronic illnesses or obesity, environmental statistics and even which communities have access to healthy foods.