Medicaid unveils new, automated online system
Posted on 11/15/2018 12:38:00 PM.

The state Medicaid Office has a new enrollment and verification system online today that provides instant feedback on whether or not you’re eligible. That’s for people who apply for the healthcare program online. Louisiana Medicaid Director Jen Steele says it should cut down on wait times for applicants.
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Medicaid may have spent 85-million in healthcare costs for ineligible recipients
Posted on 11/13/2018 5:39:00 PM.

Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera says the state's Medicaid program potentially paid 85-million dollars in medical costs for people who may not have been eligible for benefits. Medicaid previously only checked wage eligibility every 12 months, and Purpera says that led to over payments relative to other states who check eligibility more frequently.
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Kennedy confident after midterm results
Posted on 11/7/2018 12:47:00 PM.

Senator John Kennedy says the vaunted Blue Wave ended up being more of a Blue Dribble as the Democrats took control of the House, and flipped seven governorships, but lost seats in the Senate. Kennedy says the performance is proof that Trump isn’t a fluke.

“Clearly President Trumps rallies matter, the Republicans in America got energized."

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Louisiana receives failing grade in annual report by March of Dimes
Posted on 11/1/2018 10:12:00 PM.

March of Dimes has released its annual report which grades all 50 states on their rates of preterm birth and reveals racial, ethnic, and geographic disparities in each state. The country overall got a C-grade and Louisiana received an F. President of the organization, Stacy Stewart said it’s an indicator more babies are being born premature and less healthy.
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New flu drug hits the market
Posted on 10/25/2018 11:47:00 AM.

There’s a new flu drug on the market that journal studies indicate can be taken to reduce the severity of the flu, and is less likely than other treatments to be stopped by resistant strains.
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Louisiana Sees Relatively Strong Personal Income Growth During Second Quarter
Posted on 9/25/2018 11:54:00 AM.

At a 5.9 percent increase, Louisiana has seen a relatively strong growth in personal income in the second quarter of 2018, ranking second in the nation only to Texas at 6%. The construction sector was responsible for most of the growth. LSU economist Dr. Loren Scott says of the components of the increases, it's one of the two things really stick out.
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Oschner/LSU take over north LA hospitals.
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.
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Medicare for All becoming a new norm for Louisiana Democrats
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.
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Scalise to run for 6th term; challengers raise tariff, healthcare, and gun control issues
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.
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Gov. Edwards celebrates passage of final budget, tax bills
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.
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