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  • Medicaid expansion enrollment to begin in June Play Video

    April 18, 2016 1:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor John Bel Edwards announced that enrollment for Medicaid expansion will begin on June 1. Edwards testified before the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare’s oversight hearing on the issue. During the hearing, Edwards and Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, discussed... more »
  • State awards $800K loan to improve town's water system

    April 6, 2016 9:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Health and Hospitals has awarded an $800,000 loan to improve a Louisiana town's water system. The department announced Tuesday that the town of Jackson in East Feliciana Parish closed the low-interest, subsidized loan on March 24. The money will pay for construction of... more »
  • Louisiana revamping rules for health program for children

    April 1, 2016 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is toughening regulations governing a four-year-old state Medicaid program aimed at helping "medically fragile" children that has ballooned to as much as $30 million this year. The Pediatric Day Health Care program is praised for offering nearly 700 disabled children specialized health services at daycare facilities... more »
  • State demands answers from water company over unhealthy amount of chemicals Play Video

    March 29, 2016 5:21 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE- State health leaders had strong words today for People's Water in Donaldsonville. "We don't have a trust at this point," Dr. Jimmy Guidry said. "In order to build that trust they have to do their job, and we have to check and make sure they're doing their job." The... more »
  • Edwards unveils $70M in state budget cuts, to close deficit

    March 24, 2016 5:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - To rebalance this year's budget, Gov. John Bel Edwards is levying all of a $70 million spending reduction on the state health department and sparing Louisiana's public colleges. The Democratic governor announced Thursday the final pieces of budget rebalancing needed to get the state out of the... more »
  • Louisiana reopens 3 oyster harvest areas

    February 10, 2016 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has reopened oyster harvest areas 2, 3 and 4 on the east side of the Mississippi River. The state, in a news release Wednesday, said the areas reopened Sunday. The areas were closed Dec. 11 due to the... more »
  • Audit finds faults in DHH's management of funds Play Video

    December 23, 2015 12:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A state audit has found that the Department of Health and Hospitals failed to follow legally required processes at a cost of tens of millions of dollars to taxpayers. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor's sweeping examination of the state health agency was released Wednesday. DHH officials... more »
  • Beach advisories ahead of Memorial Day Play Video

    May 21, 2015 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state issued beach advisories ahead of the Memorial Day Weekend. There are 24 beach sites along the Louisiana coast. Sites are tested every Monday from April 1 to the end of October. Precautions are posted when the water quality is abnormal. "It's not going... more »
  • ER closure the talk of the town Thursday in Baton Rouge

    March 19, 2015 5:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The talk of the town today is the health care of people in Mid City. There are two events to discuss the closure of the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City. The group Together BR is holding a press conference Thursday to ask Our... more »
  • Political, health and community leaders to discuss BR's emergency room situation Play Video

    February 11, 2015 8:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Inner-city health care is the topic of discussion on the steps of the Capitol this morning. Political and community meetings are meeting to discuss options after the announcement that Baton Rouge General's Mid-City Emergency Room is closing. The group and hospital officials agree that too... more »
  • BRG Mid-City Emergency Room closing within two months

    February 3, 2015 10:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Emergency care is on life support as a hospital plans to cut off their primary service. Baton Rouge General Mid-City will be shuttering the doors of its emergency room within the next 60 days, according to a press release. It's the second go around for... more »
  • Ebola scare shows holes in state education procedure Play Video

    October 15, 2014 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Ebola scare has prompted precautionary measures from top state educators. Wednesday, the State Department of Education along with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met with the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to introduce... more »

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