Health

Medicaid
12:44 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Medicaid Cuts Take Effect Friday

Nearly $52 million in state cuts to Medicaid services go into effect Friday, Feb. 1. The reductions are part of the Dept. of Health and Hospitals’ response to a mid-year shortfall in Louisiana’s general fund.

The cuts include the elimination of dental benefits for pregnant women and a healthy parenting program for first-time mothers who qualify for Medicaid. Additionally, the rate paid to hospitals and physicians for non-primary care services through Medicaid will be dropped by 1 percent.

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LSU Hospitals
5:24 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Local Partnerships Key To LSU Hospital Privatization

As privatization moves forward, the LSU hospital system is focused on partnering with health care providers already operating in the communities where LSU facilities are.

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LSU Hospitals
7:03 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Medical Students Weigh In On Changes To LSU Charity Hospitals

(L to R) Third-year LSU medical students Matt Landrum and Dan Logsdon with fourth-year medical student, Clark Alsfeld.
Credit WRKF

When the federal government reduced its funding of Medicaid in Louisiana, the LSU charity hospital system took the brunt of the $152 million in cuts. LSU’s medical students, for whom the charity hospitals are a training ground, have been caught in the tumult.

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Affordable Care Act
9:25 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Healthcare Analyst: Insurance Exchanges Will Save Money

David Hood is Senior Health Care Analyst for the non-partisan Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana.
Credit WRKF

The federal Affordable Care Act requires states to have health insurance exchanges. This Friday, Nov.16, is the deadline for states to tell the government whether they will set up exchanges on their own or let the federal government do it for them.

Gov. Bobby Jindal confirmed to the Huffington Post on Tuesday that Louisiana would not be implementing its own exchange and a rejection letter will be sent to the federal government on Friday.

David Hood is an adviser for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana on healthcare issues. He thinks the insurance exchanges will ultimately save the state and taxpayers money.

WRKF's Ashley Westerman asked him how that's possible when they are expected to cost millions of dollars annually to run.

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West Nile
12:00 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Record Number of West Nile Virus Cases

Louisiana's worst year for West Nile virus in a decade continues into the fall season. On Friday the state Department of Health and Hospitals reported 12 new West Nile virus cases, and two more West Nile-related deaths.

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6th Congressional District Race
10:35 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Congressional Candidates Criticize Obamacare

Incumbent Congressman Bill Cassidy and his two long-shot opponents all want a rewrite of the healthcare law that was passed under President Obama. The candidates met at a debate Monday at the Baton Rouge Press Club.

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Katrina Recovery
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Loan Clinches Funding For New NOLA Hospital

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved money for the construction of a new hospital in New Orleans East.

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After the Spill
12:00 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Clinic Offers Detox to BP Cleanup Workers

Jorey Danos worked with BP's Vessels of Opportunity for three months following the spill and says it made him sick. (Tegan Wendland/WRKF)

When the Deepwater Horizon exploded two years ago, spilling an unprecedented amount of oil into the Gulf, BP hired about 48,000 workers to clean up. Some of those workers have since reported health problems. There's just one clinic in Louisiana now dedicated to treating them. As WRKF's Tegan Wendland reports, the clinic has a rather controversial backer.


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In Washington, D.C.
12:00 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Rep. Cassidy Says GOP Will Continue Fight Against Affordable Care Act

Louisiana Republicans were up in arms Thursday after the US Supreme Court's decided to uphold President Obama's Affordable Care Act.

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