Department News

December 01, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health reminds state residents to get their annual flu shot if they have not done so already. An annual flu vaccine is recommended for everyone older than six months who does not have a complicating condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
November 30, 2016
Matthew Guidry of Opelousas, Louisiana, is one of thousands of Louisiana residents who is now getting care because of Medicaid expansion. Guidry, who has lived with sickle cell anemia almost all of his life, looked to the local emergency room for care. Although he could get relief for his pain there, it was much more difficult to find someone to treat his ongoing vision problems.
November 29, 2016
Up to 80 percent of heroin users reported beginning their addiction by misusing prescription opioids. In its continuing efforts to address the opioid epidemic in Louisiana, the Louisiana Department of Health is hosting a Lunch & Learn where medical, pharmacy and behavioral health experts will discuss the current status of prescription opioid use and abuse in Louisiana.
November 17, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health, Department of Environmental Quality, and Department of Wildlife & Fisheries, have issued a new advisory concerning fish and shellfish for Bayou D’Inde, the Calcasieu Estuary and the Calcasieu Ship Channel.
November 16, 2016
David Armstead, HIV program monitor with the Louisiana Department of Health Office of Public Health, has been named as one of the Top 100 people in the nation working to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Armstead was recognized for his volunteer outreach efforts in the New Orleans area where he also serves as chair of the New Orleans Regional AIDS Planning Council.
November 10, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health is providing updated information about West Nile and Zika virus cases in the state. The department has identified nine additional West Nile cases, bringing the total count to 45, and five additional Zika cases confirmed, bringing the total to 39.
November 10, 2016
Jeff Sadow’s recent column, “Medicaid Expansion Busting the Budget” is misleading.
November 04, 2016
RFI for Provider-Led Accountable Care Organizations
November 04, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and the state's Medicaid program are in one of the strongest financial positions in six years, after the state opted to expand Medicaid through the federal Affordable Care Act, a new report shows.
November 02, 2016
In order to better determine the level of services needed by Louisiana residents with developmental disabilities, the Louisiana Department of Health Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) will soon conduct individualized screenings for those who have applied for home and community-based waiver services and are on the agency’s waiting list.