LDH News

March 14, 2019
The cities of New Orleans and Baton Rouge are joining with the Louisiana Department of Health in pledging their support for the U=U Campaign. In February, LDH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee gave the Department’s support for the campaign.
March 12, 2019
The system is intended to serve people who are experiencing a mental or behavioral health crisis. A question-and-answer session will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 14 in Room 118 of the Bienville Building, 628 N. Fourth St., Baton Rouge.
March 07, 2019
Taking Aim at Cancer in Louisiana (TACL), an organization formed last year to address Louisiana’s high rates of cancer, reached a milestone last month when its executive committee adopted bylaws and elected officers to establish TACL (pronounced ‘tackle’) as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. The Louisiana Department of Health is currently providing leadership and support for the initiative.
March 01, 2019
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, said that having three pharmaceutical companies submit a response means the State is one giant step closer to its goal of eliminating hepatitis C in Louisiana.
March 01, 2019
Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed March 2019 as Problem Gambling Awareness Month in Louisiana. The month-long observance promotes awareness of the resources available to those experiencing problems with gambling.
February 28, 2019
Louisiana has been chosen as one of a select group of states to partner with Shatterproof, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending addiction, on the development and implementation of a rating system for addiction treatment programs. The state joins Massachusetts and New York, both of which have joined the pilot project in recent weeks.
February 28, 2019
The Department of Health’s implementation plan follows a review by the Department of Justice in December 2016 that claimed Louisiana was unnecessarily relying on nursing facilities to serve people with serious mental illness.
February 26, 2019
Because of the commitment of this administration, Louisiana now has an eligibility and enrollment system that is more robust than what had been in place for decades. The new system runs more frequent checks on information that drives eligibility decisions, including employment status and income. This means that as the economy improves and people's income increases, Medicaid is alerted and cases are closed, as appropriate.
February 25, 2019
February is American Heart Health Month and an important time to highlight the importance of efforts to improve heart health in Louisiana. Over the past year, the Louisiana Department of Health’s Well-Ahead Louisiana initiative within the Office of Public Health, in collaboration with other partners across the state, received technical assistance and guidance through a grant from the National Governors Association (NGA) to focus on improving heart health in Louisiana.
February 25, 2019
The Louisiana Department of Health is requesting proposals from managed care companies for the state’s Medicaid managed care program. The state’s current Medicaid-managed care contracts will expire on Dec. 31, 2019 with the new contracts procured through this RFP beginning January 2020.