Edwards administration concerned about Senate healthcare bill
Posted on 6/27/2017 9:38:00 AM.

The Republican Senate healthcare bill has the Edwards administration very concerned about the future of healthcare in Louisiana. State Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee says if passed as is, the bill would result in up to 500,000 Louisianans losing their insurance.
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Governor Edwards signs multiple bills to stop the growing opioid epidemic
Posted on 6/13/2017 4:08:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards signed three bills to help with the state’s growing opioid abuse problem. One of new laws prohibits a doctor from prescribing more than a seven day supply of opioids for a first time prescription for acute pain. New Orleans Representative Helena Moreno says she’s happy this legislation was able to come out of an unproductive session.
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LDH Secretary Gee makes case not to cut health budget
Posted on 5/26/2017 1:29:00 PM.

Department of Health Secretary Rebekah Gee made her case to the Senate Finance Committee today, as her department is facing a huge budget cut. Mandeville Senator Jack Donahue says state spending on healthcare has increased $1.4 billion since 2010. LDH spending now accounts for nearly half the state’s total annual budget.
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Full House to debate budget bill which cuts $235 million from LDH's budget
Posted on 5/4/2017 1:14:00 AM.

The full House is expected to debate the budget bill that would cut $235-million dollars more than Governor Edwards wanted from the state Department of Health’s budget. Metairie Representative Cameron Henry says they plan to only use 97% of what the Revenue Estimating Conference appropriates for the budget to avoid mid-year cuts.
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Department heads urge lawmakers not to cut their budgets
Posted on 5/3/2017 5:43:00 AM.

Leaders of state agencies are urging lawmakers not to cut their budgets, as the spending plan heading to the House floor is $237 million less than the governor’s budget proposal. The Louisiana Department of Health is facing a $235 million cut. Secretary Rebekah Gee says that means programs like school-based health centers, Zika defenses, and in-patient psychiatric treatment would be eliminated.
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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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Edwards administration urges Congress not to repeal Obamacare
Posted on 1/9/2017 6:04:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards has sent a letter to Congress urging national leaders not to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But US Senator Bill Cassidy says Obamacare isn’t working for everyone. He says when premiums and deductibles cost thousands of dollars, that’s anything but affordable.
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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 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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