|Posted on 9/24/2018 12:20:00 PM.|
The deal to transfer management of two hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe to Oschner and LSU has officially been finalized. The new system, called Oschner LSU Health System of North Louisiana, will begin October 1st, and has a ten year contract. Governor John Bel Edwards says it’s a deal that had to get done.
|LSU, Oschner, north Louisiana, healthcare, Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, F. King Alexander, Rebekah Gee, 2018|
|Posted on 7/30/2018 3:44:00 AM.|
Medicare for All may have been a fringe position just two years ago, but a survey of Louisiana’s 2018 Democratic congressional candidates shows nearly unanimous support for the policy. 3rd district candidate Mimi Methvin, who’s running against Congressman Clay Higgins, says it may take some time to build consensus for a Medicare expansion, but says the Affordable Care Act as is isn’t enough.
|Medicare for All, healthcare, Democrat, 2018, Louisiana, politics, Mimi Methvin, Bernie Pinsonat, Andie Saizon|
|Posted on 7/24/2018 4:09:00 AM.|
|Southeast Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise is set to seek his 6th term in office as representative of Louisiana’s 1st district. He’s regarded as one of the most influential members of Congress, and sits a Republican Majority Whip. Scalise says he’s worked hard to get some big wins recently in the areas of flood protection and coastal restoration.|
“We were able to get language in the tax cut bill that got signed into law to increase the amount of money that Louisiana will get from revenue sharing, and estimates are that we will get over 100 million dollars of additional revenue for coastal restoration,” Scalise said.
|Steve Scalise, Jim Francis, Lee Ann Dugas, healthcare, gun control, tariffs|
|Posted on 6/25/2018 9:22:00 AM.|
Governor John Bel Edwards celebrated the passage of the budget bill at the end of a grueling start to the year that saw four total sessions needed to solve the state’s impending fiscal cliff that’s been at the center of state politics since short term taxes were passed two years ago. Edwards congratulated lawmakers on keeping healthcare and education off the chopping block.
|John Bel Edwards, special session, fiscal cliff, TOPS, healthcare, 2018, Louisiana|
|Posted on 5/11/2018 3:27:00 PM.|
Senate Finance approved a budget that cuts nearly 25% in funding from most state agencies, but restores much of the funding to
healthcare, specifically public-private partnership hospitals, that was lacking
in a House backed spending plan. But Metairie Senator Conrad Appel says that
doesn’t mean these cuts will actually be enacted.
|Senate Finance Committee, Budget, Healthcare|
|Posted on 4/30/2018 5:20:00 PM.|
University Hospital and Clinics in Lafayette has notified
770 employees that they could be laid off, and the facility shut down under
proposed spending plans that slashes state funding for public-private
partnership hospitals. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says they
aren’t the only jobs at risk.
“The 700 to 800 from Lafayette, 2,400 or so from New
Orleans, a significant number in Baton Rouge as well as some of the other smaller
|Jay Dardenne, healthcare, job loss, state budget|
|Posted on 12/19/2017 5:23:00 PM.|
The future of two safety-net hospitals in north Louisiana look close to being secured. Ocshner Health Systems signed a non-binding agreement to take control of the facilities from BRF.
The hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe are set to enter into a public-private partnership between LSU and Ochsner, after years of criticism over BRF’s practices.
|Ocshner, LSU, Healthcare, safety-net hospitals, Jay Dardenne. Rebekah Gee|
|Posted on 12/19/2017 12:10:00 PM.|
A report from the University of Kansas finds Uber customers are increasingly using the App based ride service for trips to the emergency room, in an effort to cut down on the costs associated with riding in an ambulance. Chief of Emergency Medicine at LSU Health New Orleans, Dr. Keith Van Meter, says he sympathizes with patience’s desire to save money, but warns that there’s some things an Uber just can’t do.
|Uber, healthcare, study|
|Posted on 9/26/2017 2:21:00 PM.|
The U.S. Senate will not vote on a measure co-authored by Senator Bill Cassidy to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Cassidy says they don’t have the support, so they have postponed the vote. He says this is extremely disappointing to many American families who pay too much through Obamacare.
|Cassidy-Graham, healthcare, Affordable Care Act, Bill Cassidy|
|Posted on 9/13/2017 1:03:00 PM.|
Louisiana’s Senior U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy is a co-author of the last ditch effort by Republicans to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. Cassidy says this proposal takes Washington out of the decision making and instead each state receives an annual block grant to determine how to help individuals pay for health care.
|Billy Cassidy, Lindsey Graham, Dean Heller, Ron Johnson, Affordable Care Act, healthcare|
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