Department News

June 29, 2017
Routine drinking water testing by the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed the presence of Naegleria fowleri, an ameba that occurs naturally in freshwater, in Ouachita Parish’s North Monroe Water System and Terrebonne Parish’s Schriever Water System.
June 27, 2017
I want to thank everyone who submitted thoughtful comments on these recommendations for expanding access to Hepatitis C treatments in Louisiana.
June 26, 2017
If Medicaid expansion ends, the uninsured will go back to hospital emergency rooms for their health care. Cassidy said that means society pays the rest of the bill for the uninsured because the hospitals will shift the remaining costs to the privately insured who end up paying higher health care premiums.
June 07, 2017
Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced that the Trump Administration’s Office of Inspector General Department of Health and Human Services audit has found that Louisiana’s Medicaid program has complied with the federal fraud reporting requirements, has the proper procedures in place to report fraud and is not in need of any recommendations for improvement. Louisiana is one of only four states to pass this audit since 2014.
June 07, 2017
Beginning on Memorial Day, Americans have started heading to the pools as the unofficial start of the swimming season is underway. But, a new survey reveals that there may be more in the pool than just water.
June 05, 2017
The Department of Health has awarded a $13 million loan to St. Bernard Waterworks. The loan is through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, and will help the water system improve its drinking water quality.
May 22, 2017
The Department of Health has awarded a $975,000 loan to the Town of Welsh in Jefferson Davis Parish. The loan is through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, and will help the town improve its drinking water system.
May 16, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards has received a letter from the Trump administration notifying the state that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has fully lifted the federal moratorium on the authorization of new vendors in the Louisiana Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
May 15, 2017
The State now has more funding to fight the opioid epidemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Health a grant to target and reduce opioid abuse across the state. The State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant is funded at $8,167,971 a year for two years.
May 10, 2017
Some Louisiana residents who are employed but currently receive their health care coverage under Medicaid may now be eligible for a program that will allow them to afford coverage from their employer.