Baton Rouge --- Workers from the Department of Health Medicaid program have returned to some areas most severely affected by Hurricane Katrina to help residents apply for temporary no-cost health coverage for their families.

Louisiana Medicaid has developed the Disaster Relief Medicaid Program, which provides temporary coverage to those people who were affected by the storm and qualify for Medicaid. This program requires less documentation and has a simplified application form to assist those who lost vital records in the storm.

Because no Medicaid offices are open in Jefferson, Orleans or Plaquemines parishes, Medicaid workers will be at the following locations to take applications for temporary no-cost health coverage:

East Bank of Jefferson Parish:

East Jefferson Community Health Center, Inc.  
11312 Jefferson Hwy. 
River Ridge 
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Kenner Senior Citizens Center 
641 Compromise St.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

300 W Esplanade Ave

West Bank of Jefferson Parish:

L. B. Landry School
1200 L. B. Landry Avenue
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Westside Shopping Center 
#50 Westbank Expwy. 
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Plaquemines Parish

FEMA Disaster Relief Center 
8398 Belle Chasse Hwy (# 23) 
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Medicaid will be adding more locations in the Orleans area in the coming weeks. To find out where Medicaid staff members are located in the Orleans area or to get information about Medicaid, visit or call the Medicaid Hotline at 1-888-342-6207.