Hepatitis C Initiative

The Louisiana Department of Health is seeking public comment over the next 30 days related to this issue. The comments can provide insight to other mechanisms that may provide cost-effective access to this population.

How Prevalent is Opioid Abuse?

Opioid abuse is a problem in Louisiana where almost all indicators…addiction to opioid medications, overdose deaths, emergency room admissions and over-prescribing…are evidence of the problem.

Health Blog

The Department of Health is launching a new blog! Follow us at ladepthealth.blogspot.com for the latest updates on what our department is doing to improve the health of Louisiana residents.

Healthy Louisiana Coverage

Medicaid Expansion is now making Healthy Louisiana a reality. Since beginning enrollment on July 1, 2016 for working adults who are now eligible for health care coverage, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up for coverage and are now getting primary care and screenings that prevent serious illnesses and costly treatments.

Visit our dashboard for enrollment details and statistics.

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is an infectious disease spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

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Recent News
May 17, 2017
Louisiana Spirit crisis counselors continue to go door-to-door in select communities where they are offering crisis counseling services to individuals and families who were impacted by the floods of last August.
May 16, 2017
Gov. John Bel Edwards has received a letter from the Trump administration notifying the state that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has fully lifted the federal moratorium on the authorization of new vendors in the Louisiana Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
May 15, 2017
The State now has more funding to fight the opioid epidemic. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Louisiana Department of Health a grant to target and reduce opioid abuse across the state. The State Targeted Response to the Opioid Crisis Grant is funded at $8,167,971 a year for two years.
May 10, 2017
Some Louisiana residents who are employed but currently receive their health care coverage under Medicaid may now be eligible for a program that will allow them to afford coverage from their employer.
May 08, 2017
As you may be aware, Hepatitis C is a condition that effects approximately 73,000 Louisiana residents, with approximately 250 to 500 new cases per year. The condition is treatable with curative therapy with positive outcomes. However, the costs of this therapy is extremely high and is negatively effecting the ability of the State of Louisiana to provide needed care and reduce the risk of transmission to others across Louisiana. Without question, this devastating liver disease poses a substantial risk to the public health of Louisiana, as well as other States.
May 04, 2017
The Department of Health recently awarded a $6.5 million loan to the Louisiana Water Company (LAWCO) located in several parishes throughout Louisiana. Provided through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund, the funding will help the water company improve drinking water infrastructure in the community water systems they operate.