Colorectal cancer remains a significant problem in Louisiana. Even though we have a highly effective screening method (i.e. colonoscopy), only 64.3% of adults over 50 have been screened. The inevitable result of low screening is a high number of new cases of colorectal cancer (3rd in the U.S.) and the 4th highest mortality rate among states.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
LDH Secretary Dr. Gee spoke to Jim Engster on Talk Louisiana this week and shared her thoughts on Medicaid expansion, budget cuts and more. Listen to her full interview.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Department of Health and Department of Corrections team up to provide health care coverage for newly released offenders
Pre-Release Medicaid Enrollment Program for Offender Population
Author: Jennifer Katzman, Medicaid Program Manager
Numerous studies show that access to mental health, substance use and other health care services helps former offenders better integrate back into their communities, lessening the likelihood of these individuals committing future crimes. Now, because of Medicaid expansion, the Louisiana Department of Health and the Department of Corrections are helping incarcerated individuals enroll into Medicaid, with coverage beginning once the individual’s sentence is complete and they transition out of prison.