Children's mental health program survives proposed cut
Posted on 3/22/2017 12:45:00 PM.

A Medicaid program that serves mentally ill children will remain intact after the Senate Health and Welfare Committee rejects a proposal to eliminate it. The administration proposed cutting the program by April 1 to save the state $2.2 million because of cuts to the Department of Health made in the special session. Lake Charles Senator Ronnie Johns is frustrated lawmakers didn’t use more rainy day dollars to avoid this.
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LSU offers mumps vaccine to students, faculty on campus
Posted on 3/22/2017 5:36:00 AM.

Today and tomorrow, LSU will offer the mumps vaccine to all students, faculty, and staff, after the Louisiana Department of Health confirmed at least dozen cases of mumps, several of them on the Baton Rouge campus.
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LDH: Mumps outbreak likely to get worse before it gets better
Posted on 3/17/2017 10:38:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Health confirms 12 mumps cases, and a state health official predicts this developing outbreak will only get worse. Medical director of the state Immunization Program Dr. Frank Welch says mumps has a long incubation period, which means it can be two to three weeks after someone is exposed before they show symptoms.
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Louisiana is seeing a cluster of mumps cases with students at LSU
Posted on 3/14/2017 11:35:00 AM.

There has been a large outbreak of mumps cases in Arkansas and we’re starting to see cases in Louisiana now. Medical Director of the state Immunization Program Dr. Frank Welch says they’ve been able to confirm at least six cases on the LSU campus.
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Newly released inmates getting access to healthcare coverage
Posted on 3/1/2017 4:17:00 PM.

The Department of Corrections and the Louisiana Department of Health are teaming up to get health coverage for newly released inmates. DOC Medical Director Dr. Raman Singh says they are helping incarcerated inmates enroll in Medicaid so that once they are released, they can continue to receive the care they need.
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Governor's Office makes case to use rainy day fund to close budget gap
Posted on 1/26/2017 5:49:00 AM.

The Governor’s Office says a Republican lawmaker’s plan to close a $304 million dollar deficit would cripple public-private-hospitals, lead to the release of 4,500 inmates and make a historic cut to public schools. Communications Director Richard Carbo says Lance Harris of Alexandria’s proposal would devastate state agencies.
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US Senator Kennedy: DHH needs to cut Medicaid spending
Posted on 1/24/2017 5:40:00 AM.

US Senator John Kennedy wants Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee to reduce state spending on Medicaid. Kennedy says Medicaid accounts for 41% of this year’s budget, which is why TOPS has been cut, teachers can’t be paid more money, and congestion remains a problem on I-10.
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Flu cases starting to rise just in time for the holidays
Posted on 12/23/2016 5:48:00 AM.

The holiday season is here, and unfortunately so is flu season. Dr. Frank Welch with LDH says we’re seeing a slight uptick in the number of flu cases in Louisiana.
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Report finds Louisiana no longer least healthy state
Posted on 12/16/2016 11:58:00 AM.

Louisiana is no longer the least healthy state in the country, according to United Health Foundation. State Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee says this is great news, but unfortunately Louisiana still ranks 49th in the nation for overall health. She says the state has high rates of low birth weight, infant mortality, and obesity.
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LDH concerned about mumps making its way to Louisiana
Posted on 12/13/2016 11:22:00 AM.

The Louisiana Department of Health says they’ve been seeing an uptick in mumps cases around college campuses nationwide but more recently a large concentration in Arkansas.
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