Department News

August 10, 2016
Since expanding Medicaid eligibility to cover working adults on July 1, more than 278,000 people have gained access to preventive and primary care through the Healthy Louisiana program. With a goal of covering 375,000 people by next June, the State has reached 73 percent of its coverage target in less than 50 days.
August 09, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health today announced it has received a federal grant of more than $19.5 million to assist local communities throughout Louisiana that are still recovering from the devastating floods this past spring. This Disaster Case Management grant is from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, and is administered by the Louisiana Office of Community Development-Disaster Recovery Unit.
August 05, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will reopen Molluscan Shellfish Growing Area 11, located in Plaquemines Parish along the Gulf of Mexico at sunrise, Saturday, August 6, 2016.
August 05, 2016
This brings the total to 19 cases of travel-associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. Although the state of Florida has reported several locally transmitted cases in that state, this is not the situation in Louisiana. Local transmission occurs when an infected mosquito in the area bites another person in the area and transmits the virus. This local transmission is much more likely in the parishes around Lake Pontchartrain than other areas of the state.
August 04, 2016
On June 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is now allowing states to pay for mosquito repellent for Medicaid enrollees as a Zika virus prevention measure.
August 04, 2016
Patients burst into tears at this city’s glistening new charity hospital when they learned they could get Medicaid health insurance.
August 03, 2016
There is certainly no need to remind the kids who relish their summer days off, but the beginning of the new school year is quickly approaching. As part of getting ready to go back to school, the Louisiana Department of Health reminds parents and guardians to make sure their students have received all vaccines required by state law.
August 02, 2016
In a coordinated effort to help eligible adults enroll into the newly expanded Medicaid program, or Healthy Louisiana, a unique partnership has been formed between hospitals and the state’s Medicaid program.
August 02, 2016
While expanding Medicaid coverage is going to be a chore in some places for health care providers, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ decision to expand the program to the working poor will benefit Louisiana both in the short run and in the longer term.
July 29, 2016
Today, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed one additional case of Zika virus. As in all of the other cases in Louisiana, this patient travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.