Department News

June 18, 2016
Joshua Guillory, 32, dropped his Obamacare health plan in January after losing his oil plant job. He couldn't afford the premiums any longer.
June 17, 2016
Last week, more than 6,300 surveys were mailed to individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members by the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. The annual survey is designed to gauge consumer satisfaction with the services provided by the State.
June 16, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory has confirmed two more cases of Zika virus. The patients had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
June 15, 2016
Louisiana's Medicaid expansion marked a major breakthrough for Obamacare as the first state in the Gulf South to opt into the program, a move only possible after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards won the governor's mansion last year.
June 15, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will be hosting several events about Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program, in the upcoming weeks in the Greater New Orleans area.
June 15, 2016
The Department of Health has updated new enrollment figures for Healthy Louisiana, the State’s expanded Medicaid program, with total enrollment of new adult members having reached 208,879 adults as of June 15.
June 13, 2016
Ernest Burrell poured eight orange, translucent plastic bottles from a bag onto the floor of his Central City apartment. They clattered on the chipped, ruddy concrete. Unpronounceable labels — Spironolactone, Amlodipine, Indapamide and more — were typed in faint serif font above handwritten notes on which pills to take once a day, twice a day, three times a day.
June 10, 2016
Approximately 10,000 incidents of abuse involving vulnerable adults are reported in Louisiana each year, but that is only a fraction of the true number of incidents, most of which are never reported. Research from the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) shows that 90 percent of elder abusers are family members or others who are trusted. Research also shows that abuse of vulnerable adults occurs in all communities, regardless of income, ethnicity or religious background. Vulnerable adults who experience abuse, neglect or self-neglect face a considerably higher risk of premature death than those adults who have not been mistreated.
June 10, 2016
By Harris Meyer I June 1, 2016 - One of the nation's poorest, least-insured and unhealthiest states is launching a major effort Wednesday to expand Medicaid coverage to hundreds of thousands of low-income residents. Hospitals and other healthcare providers there say it can't happen soon enough.
June 08, 2016
The Department of Health has announced that the total new enrollment for expanded Medicaid, Healthy Louisiana, reached 197,026 adults as of June 8.