Office of the Secretary

May 06, 2016
DHH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee today urged mothers across Louisiana to live healthily and to ensure that they get regular health checks, including annual mammograms and other cancer screenings when appropriate. Gee, a mother of five, cited the loss of her own mother as one reason why she makes sure to always get her own annual physicals and has begun to get an annual mammogram.
April 25, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, is traveling to Washington, D.C. today, where she will meet with several officials with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
February 20, 2015
Today, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and a group of Baton Rouge-area hospitals announced changes to expand access to urgent and emergency room (ER) care for individuals in the Baton Rouge Community. Those changes include increasing and aligning access hours and capacity for urgent care visits at the LSU Health Baton Rouge urgent care clnic on North Foster Drive (effective March 23), other clinic service expansions and efforts by Baton Rouge-area hospitals to increase emergency department (ED) capacity.
February 06, 2015
Today, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kliebert announced the appointment of Hugh Eley as deputy secretary upon the departure of Courtney Phillips.
August 14, 2014
This afternoon, Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy Kliebert took the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” ALS Association Louisiana-Mississippi Chapter Director Kelly Viator challenged Secretary Kliebert, and this afternoon Viator soaked Kliebert with four gallons of frigid ice water.
July 14, 2014
The new school year is approaching, is your child ready? Preparation isn't limited to getting uniforms and school supplies. Every child should be protected before heading to the classroom and that means being certain they are up-to-date on their childhood vaccinations. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals reminds parents that ensuring children have received their necessary vaccinations is not only important, it's the law.
June 13, 2014
This weekend, communities across the nation and throughout the world will unite to observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. In Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal proclaimed June 15, 2014 as Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
June 02, 2014
Today, the Louisiana Senate confirmed three appointments of Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) employees to top level positions. Earlier this year, DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert appointed Jeff Reynolds as DHH undersecretary, Dr. Rochelle Head-Dunham as Interim Assistant Secretary for the Office of Behavioral Health and Mark Thomas as Interim Assistant Secretary for the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities.
May 28, 2014
Are you ready for hurricane season? Now is the time to get ready; hurricane season starts Sunday. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) encourages Louisiana residents to begin planning now for how they will protect their families, homes and property if tropical weather impacts the state.
May 02, 2014
Late this afternoon, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) was notified by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that the remaining state plan amendments (SPAs) for the public-private partnerships have been denied. This is an unprecedented step by the federal government that contradicts earlier approval actions by CMS. The Department will appeal the decision by CMS through an administrative appeal. There is no short-term budget impact as a result of the CMS decision.