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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US Senator Bill Cassidy appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss health care
Posted on 5/9/2017 9:03:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Louisiana US Senator Bill Cassidy appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about his "Kimmel Test" when it comes to the nation's healthcare plan. Kimmel gave an emotional monologue last week about his new baby who was born with a heart defect, but surgery saved his life.
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House healthcare plan still has long way to go
Posted on 5/5/2017 11:35:00 AM.

The healthcare bill approved by the US House still has a long way to go in the legislative process. The next step for the plan is to get approval from the US Senate. Senator Bill Cassidy says there will likely be some changes made to the bill before it gets through the Upper Chamber.
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US House approves Obamacare replacement plan
Posted on 5/5/2017 3:18:00 AM.

The US House has passed its plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and the measure now heads to the US Senate. Congressman Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish says what this means for the American people is lower premiums, better health insurance, and more options for patients. He says this is a good day for patients across the nation.
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U.S. Rep Mike Johnson is confident Congress will pass new healthcare bill
Posted on 4/23/2017 3:34:00 AM.

U.S. Representative Mike Johnson believes members of the House are moving closer to agreeing on a bill that would overhaul healthcare in the country. Johnson says many Congressmen were frustrated with the previous legislation that was pulled at the last minute but he’s hopeful new amendments will secure passage through the House and Senate.
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Bill by US Senator Cassidy seeks to reduce obesity rate
Posted on 4/6/2017 5:34:00 AM.

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy is behind legislation that seeks to address the growing obesity rate in America. Cassidy says the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act would make weight loss treatment more accessible to those on Medicare. He says the bill allows Medicare to cover the cost of new prescription drugs for chronic weigh management.
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Association of American Medical Colleges predicts doctor shortage by 2025
Posted on 3/27/2017 10:34:00 AM.

Seeing a doctor could become more difficult in years to come, as a nationwide shortage of doctors is expected to impact Louisiana. The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts we could see 88,000 fewer doctors by 2025.
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US Senator Kennedy says he'll vote for any healthcare plan that's better than Obamacare
Posted on 3/17/2017 12:12:00 PM.

US Senator John Kennedy says there are problems with the House Republican’s plan to overhaul the nation’s health care law, but he’s confident it will be improved as it moves through the legislative process. Kennedy likes that the House bill is not as generous with tax credits as Obamacare, but it’s not ungenerous either.
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Members of Louisiana's Congressional delegation on health care debate
Posted on 3/15/2017 5:37:00 AM.

Healthcare is the big issue in Washington. Republican Congressman Ralph Abraham of Richland Parish says federal lawmakers are heading in the right direction of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. He says they can’t leave Obamacare as it is because it’s driving up premiums and people are losing coverage.
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Healthcare Economist breaks down Obamacare replacement plan
Posted on 3/8/2017 6:22:00 AM.

US House Republicans have presented their plan for replacing the Affordable Care Act. The new plan scraps fines imposed on taxpayers who do not purchase insurance and instead offers tax credits to those who purchase coverage in the open market. Chief Healthcare Economist for Blue Cross Blue Shield Louisiana Mike Bertaut says that has huge implications for the marketplace.
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