The Louisiana Department of Health is seeking input from health care providers, health plans, Medicaid enrollees and the public as the State moves towards improving its Medicaid managed care program. Those who are interested in learning more about the department’s plans are invited to attend public forums that are scheduled at seven locations throughout March.

The forums will allow participants to learn about, and provide input to, Medicaid’s next Request for Proposals (RFP) for new Medicaid-managed care contracts. This competitive process will begin in early 2019. The meetings will be held at the following dates, locations and times:

March 8
New Orleans
Children’s Hospital, Conference Center
210 State St.
6 pm to 8 pm
March 14
Baton Rouge
Our Lady of the Lake, Main Auditorium
5000 Hennessy Blvd., Baton Rouge
6 pm to 8 pm

March 15
Lafayette General Hospital, Administrative Office
920 W. Pinhook Road
6 pm to 8 pm

March 16
Lake Charles
Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Sherman Conf. Center
1701 Oak Park Blvd.
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
March 22
Willis-Knighton Health System, WK Eye Institute North
1st Floor Auditorium
2611 Greenwood Road
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
March 22
St. Francis Medical Center, Conference Center
418 Jackson St.
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
March 23
The Rapides Foundation Building
1101 4th St
11:30 am to 1:30 pm

April 5
Slidell Memorial Hospital Founders Medical Office Building

1st Floor Conference Room
1150 Robert Blvd

6 pm to 8 pm

With more than 1.5 million Louisiana residents enrolled in Healthy Louisiana, Medicaid’s managed care program, the Department of Health is committed to designing a procurement to find the best health plan partners to achieve the “Triple Aim” of better care, better health, and lower costs in the Medicaid program.  

“The Department is early in the policy development and information gathering stage for this future procurement and looks forward to public input in the design process,” said Jen Steele, Medicaid director.

Currently, the state has contracts with five managed care plans to provide specific Medicaid benefits and services to eligible children and adults in Louisiana.

The current Medicaid-managed care contracts will expire on December 31, 2019, and the new Medicaid managed care contracts formed through the RFP will be in place for January 1, 2020.

All meetings are open to the public, and pre-registration is not required. For more information, visit or email

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