House committee to hear Medicaid co-pay legislation
Posted on 2/22/2018 3:00:00 AM.
A House committee is expected today to hear Jonesboro Representative Jack McFarland’s legislation that would require Medicaid patients to pay a copay if they use an emergency room for non-emergency treatment. McFarland says the bill is an attempt to stop Medicaid patients from using the ER for a common cold or minor medical issues.

"The provider would know exactly where to tell this individual where to go if they can't pay the copay.  If the can pay the copay, they can stay right there in the emergency room. 
Medicaid, Jack McFarland, Haley Sauicer

Audit finds state paid $718,000 to deceased Medicaid recipients over 4 years
Posted on 12/4/2017 1:52:00 PM.
The Department of Health has gotten better about erroneously making Medicaid payments to deceased recipients over the last four years, but still has work to do. A new report from the state’s Legislative Auditor found LDH made nearly $718,000 in improper payments between July 2013 and August 2017.
Medicaid, Chris Magee, Legislative Auditor's Office, improper payments

Sen Kennedy proposes work requirement for Medicaid recipients
Posted on 7/27/2017 4:04:00 AM.

U.S. Senator John Kennedy proposes a new federal health care law should require abled bodied adults without children to work in order to receive Medicaid. That’s one of several amendments Kennedy filed as the debate continues over an effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

John Kennedy, Medicaid, healthcare, Affordable Care Act

Louisiana recognized for being tough on Medicaid fraud
Posted on 6/8/2017 12:13:00 PM.

The Trump Administration recognizes Louisiana as one of the toughest states on fighting Medicaid fraud. Chief of Staff with the Louisiana Department of Health Andrew Tuozzolo says they’re doing everything they can to prevent, detect, and prosecute fraud. The US Inspector General reviewed 225 cases of suspected fraud in Louisiana.

Andrew Tuozzolo, Medicaid, fraud, LDH

Gov Edwards calls on delegation to oppose President Trump's proposed budget
Posted on 5/24/2017 10:40:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is calling on the Louisiana congressional delegation to oppose President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1. The governor’s communications director Richard Carbo says they’re disappointed the budget repeals the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, which entitles Louisiana to a portion of offshore drilling revenue for oil leases.

Richard Carbo, John Bel Edwards, budget, medicaid, coastal restoration

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.

Raman Singh, DOC, LDH, Medicaid, inmates

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.

John Kennedy, Rebekah Gee, LDH, Medicaid

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.

LDH, Rebekah Gee, Medicaid

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.

Louisiana Department of Health, Rebekah Gee, LDH, Medicaid, mosquitoes, The Great Flood 2016, Zika

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.
jeff landry, planned parenthood, medicaid, abortion, fetal tissue

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