health care

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Over the past four years, access to hospitals and emergency rooms has dwindled in north Baton Rouge, forcing residents there to travel farther for health care. As of Wednesday, they have a new — and closer — option. 


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Louisiana’s Joint Budget Committee meets today to vote on two-year contract extensions for the state’s Medicaid-managed care organizations.

“Why two years? Because we have made dramatic changes to these contracts, not just tweaks,” Health Secretary Rebekah Gee explained when lawmakers began debating the extensions two weeks ago.


Wallis Watkins

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, along with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, is leading the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare in the U.S. Senate.  


Wallis Watkins

Congress is in recess until September, so meanwhile, senators and representatives are back in their home states. On Wednesday, Senator Bill Cassidy talked health care in Baton Rouge. 


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“It’s not a loss for the Republican Party – it’s a loss for the American people. But I intend to keep my promise to the people of Louisiana, to get rid of Obamacare,” U.S. Senator John Kennedy said, right after the so-called “skinny repeal” failed late last week. 


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Broderick Bagert of Together Baton Rouge talks about the Senate vote on a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act.