Department News

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.
June 01, 2016
Governor John Bel Edwards thanked CMS for expediting the approval of the state plan amendment, the formal request to make a change to the Medicaid program, to allow for the automatic enrollment of SNAP enrollees, as it will allow more people to get health care coverage as soon as July 1.
May 31, 2016
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell applauded tomorrow’s launch of Louisiana’s Medicaid expansion program under the Affordable Care Act. Beginning June 1, Louisiana residents with a household income below 138 percent of the federal poverty level will be eligible to obtain health coverage through the state’s Medicaid program. As of tomorrow, 31 states and the District of Columbia will have expanded Medicaid. With Louisiana, we have reached a “tipping point:” More than half of the uninsured who could gain coverage from Medicaid expansion live in states that have expanded this program.
May 24, 2016
Louisiana’s top health official doesn’t mince words when discussing the Zika virus threat to the state.
May 19, 2016
In order to lower Louisiana’s rate of new HIV infections, DeAnn Gruber, STD/HIV program director with the Louisiana Office of Public Health, joined researchers from Emory University to share new information that analyzes the rates of HIV among men who have sex with men (MSM) both nationwide and in Louisiana.
May 17, 2016
The statewide tour to promote Medicaid expansion, known as Healthy Louisiana, continues this week at an event in Houma. Healthy Louisiana will bring health insurance coverage to an estimated 375,000 working Louisianans. The event will be May 18 at 2 p.m. at the Teche Action Clinic at 1014 West Tunnel Blvd.
May 13, 2016
Too much time sitting in front of the television or watching a phone or tablet is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity and attention problems.
May 12, 2016
Both Louisiana and the nation have experienced declines in teen birth rates over the past decade, and Secretary Rebekah Gee of the Department of Health and Hospitals says that’s something to celebrate. Teen girls who become mothers are much less likely to complete high school. Teen fathers also see a decline in graduation rates.