Department News

July 01, 2016
“Expanding Medicaid in Louisiana was the easiest decision I’ve made since taking office in January, and I meet people from all walks of lifewho will be positively impacted by expansion,” said Gov. Edwards.
June 30, 2016
There was a dignity in getting up to go to work each day, even if it was a low-wage janitorial job.
June 28, 2016
Louisiana's recently expanded Medicaid program reached an impressive 225,900 enrollees as of last Friday, after beginning the process June 1.
June 24, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory has confirmed one additional case of Zika virus. The patient had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
June 22, 2016
Louisiana Department of Health officials had enrolled more than 220,000 people into the state's Medicaid expansion as of 9 a.m. Wednesday (June 22), with 9,000 of those people coming from the food stamp rolls.
June 20, 2016
Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health announced they will begin taking steps to terminate Alternatives Living from the state Medicaid program. The action follows a federal indictment handed down today in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana that accuses the owners of Alternatives Living of the theft of federal funds and conspiracy to commit theft of federal funds. The indictment was handled by the U.S. Attorney following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
June 20, 2016
This article was done in partnership with Kaiser Health News. Aretha Frison got an unusually helpful mailing recently through the Louisiana food stamp program. The letter indicated that she could qualify for Medicaid coverage beginning next month. Frison, usually a journalist by occupation, has been able to work only part time at an animal hospital while suffering with major depression.
June 18, 2016
Joshua Guillory, 32, dropped his Obamacare health plan in January after losing his oil plant job. He couldn't afford the premiums any longer.
June 17, 2016
Last week, more than 6,300 surveys were mailed to individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members by the Louisiana Department of Health’s Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities. The annual survey is designed to gauge consumer satisfaction with the services provided by the State.
June 16, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health’s Public Health Laboratory has confirmed two more cases of Zika virus. The patients had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after, where tests confirmed the viral infection.