Department News

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.
June 15, 2016
Louisiana's Medicaid expansion marked a major breakthrough for Obamacare as the first state in the Gulf South to opt into the program, a move only possible after Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards won the governor's mansion last year.
June 15, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will be hosting several events about Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program, in the upcoming weeks in the Greater New Orleans area.
June 15, 2016
The Department of Health has updated new enrollment figures for Healthy Louisiana, the State’s expanded Medicaid program, with total enrollment of new adult members having reached 208,879 adults as of June 15.
June 13, 2016
Ernest Burrell poured eight orange, translucent plastic bottles from a bag onto the floor of his Central City apartment. They clattered on the chipped, ruddy concrete. Unpronounceable labels — Spironolactone, Amlodipine, Indapamide and more — were typed in faint serif font above handwritten notes on which pills to take once a day, twice a day, three times a day.