Department News

March 15, 2016
As part of an initiative by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to provide additional harvest opportunities for the Louisiana oyster industry, licensed Louisiana oyster harvesters will be permitted to move oysters from the public oyster seed grounds located in Lake Borgne and Mississippi Sound (DHH harvest areas 1 and 2) in early April and transplant them to their private leases for later harvest. This program is for the purpose of moving live oyster resource from restricted areas of the public oyster seed grounds to private leases.
March 10, 2016
Louisiana is currently experiencing floods due to severe weather in many regions throughout the state. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) advises all Louisiana residents to be aware of the dangers flood waters pose and to take all appropriate precautions.
March 10, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reports today the number of flu cases continues to steadily rise throughout the state and reminds residents that it’s not too late to get a flu vaccine.
February 29, 2016
Governor John Bel Edwards has declared this week to be “Severe Weather Awareness Week” in Louisiana. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP), the National Weather Service (NWS) and other partners encourage the public to get a game plan to protect themselves, their families and their homes in the event of severe weather.
February 26, 2016
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans’ ruled on Wednesday, February 24 that a 2014 Louisiana law, known as Act 620, can now be enforced in Louisiana. Under that law, physicians providing abortions in the state of Louisiana must have admitting privileges to a hospital not more than 30 miles away from the location at which an abortion is performed or induced.
February 23, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, DHH secretary, will appear on Louisiana Public Square tomorrow night (Wednesday, February 24) at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and WLAE in New Orleans. She and her fellow panelists will discuss how expanding Medicaid will affect the lives of those who will now have access to health care, what expansion will mean for the cost of health care and insurance for everyone else in the state, how hospitals will be affected and more.
February 19, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals awarded a $2.1 million loan to Waterworks District No. 1 of Avoyelles Parish through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. This low-interest subsidized loan will benefit Avoyelles Parish residents by enabling improvements to the drinking water system.
February 18, 2016
Baton Rouge, La. – A new independent study estimates that the Bayou Health program saved the state up to $437 million in Medicaid expenditures in 2015 when compared with what the state would have paid under the old fee-for-service model. The study, which was performed by Wakely Consulting Group for the Louisiana Association of Health Plans (LAHP), concludes that the managed care organizations are operating efficiently and producing significant savings when compared to the costs that DHH would have incurred under the old, fee-for-service program.
February 11, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) is investigating two presumptive cases of imported Zika virus in the state.
February 10, 2016
BATON ROUGE - Tomorrow, Governor John Bel Edwards will make a special address to the citizens of Louisiana to discuss the historic budget shortfall facing the state ahead of a special session of the Louisiana Legislature. The special address will be aired statewide at 6:30 pm on all major network television and radio stations, as well as Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB).