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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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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LDH says more than 351,000 Louisianians are enrolled in Medicaid under expansion
Posted on 12/1/2016 11:29:00 AM.

More than 8,600 Louisiana residents are receiving care for chronic conditions under the expansion of Medicaid. That’s according to the Louisiana Department of Health, who says enrollment has surpassed 351,000 individuals. LDH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee says many people are now getting healthcare they weren’t receiving while uninsured.

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LDH: 305,000 enrolled in expanded Medicaid program
Posted on 9/19/2016 3:06:00 PM.

More than 300,000 people have signed up for Medicaid expansion in Louisiana since coverage began on July 1st. Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee says this program is already saving lives. She says so far, 1,000 mammograms have been completed.

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AG Jeff Landry to continue state's appeal to cut off Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood
Posted on 1/28/2016 3:57:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Attorney General Jeff Landry says he's taking over the appeal of a ruling that blocked Louisiana's efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. The case is left over from the Jindal administration. Landry says the cancellation of Medicaid contracts for Planned Parenthood was put in place by DHH because of the appalling acts in which the organization was involved.
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Mills named chairman of Senate Health and Welfare Committee
Posted on 1/14/2016 11:01:00 AM.
Parks Senator Fred Mills has been named chairman of the state Senate Health and Welfare Committee.  Mills says the committee's goal is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public.  
Louisiana, Senate, Health and Welfare, Fred Mills, Medicaid

Opponents speak out against Medicaid expansion
Posted on 1/13/2016 12:25:00 PM.
There is strong opposition to Governor John Bel Edwards executive order to expand Medicaid access in Louisiana.  Dawn Starns, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, says they are disappointed in the governor's decision.  
Louisiana, Medicaid, expansion, Dawn Starns, Charles Boustany, Denise Bottcher

Governor John Bel Edwards takes the oath of office
Posted on 1/11/2016 1:58:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
John Bel Edwards was sworn in today as Louisiana's 56th governor. In his first address, the new Democratic governor said the structural budget deficit needs a major overhaul before any of our other problems can be fixed. He says we must make it possible for all Louisiana citizens to be healthy and prosperous.
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Louisiana ranks high in occurrences of mental illness, low in access to care
Posted on 12/3/2015 3:07:00 AM.
A report from the national Mental Health Association shows Louisiana as a state with among the highest occurrences of mental illness and the lowest rates to access to care. 
Louisiana, mental health, mental illness, Medicaid, Brittany Howard

AFP releases radio ad to hold lawmakers accountable
Posted on 9/30/2015 11:28:00 AM.

The Louisiana chapter for Americans for Prosperity launches a statewide radio ad which informs listeners about lawmakers who are up for re-election and voted for $ 700 million in tax increases and the expansion of Medicaid. AFP State Director Phillip Joffrion says the commercial points voters to a website that shows how lawmakers voted.

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