Monday, February 20, 2017

Louisiana Health Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee responds to Sen. Kennedy on Medicaid

Author: Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary

Medicaid expansion is covering hundreds of thousands more working adults and ensuring they have access to primary care. In addition, Medicaid Expansion is bringing in more federal tax dollars to our state and saving Louisiana taxpayers $184 million.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

North Baton Rouge ER Groundbreaking

Author: Michelle Alletto, Deputy Secretary

The Louisiana Department of Health joined elected officials, community leaders, and representatives from Our Lady of the Lake on January 31, 2017 for the North Baton Rouge ER Groundbreaking.

The Our Lady of the Lake North Emergency Room is expected to open in October of 2017. The facility will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week by emergency physicians who specialize in providing comprehensive emergency care for patients with acute illnesses or injuries.

Naloxone now available for emergency overdose treatment via standing order

Author: Dr. SreyRam Kuy, Medicaid Medical Director

Louisiana is ranked first in opioid prescribing of all 50 states. The Louisiana Department of Health continues to work with partners throughout the state to address the opioid epidemic and develop potential solutions. 

The State of Louisiana recently issued a “standing order” for naloxone. Naloxone is an antidote medication that reverses an opioid overdose. Used by medical professionals for years, naloxone is the most effective way to counteract an overdose and save lives.

Keeping Your Drinking Water Safe

Author: Dr. Jimmy Guidry, State Health Officer

Access to safe, clean drinking water is one of the hallmarks of modern society. Here at the Louisiana Department of Health, we have a whole team dedicated to making sure that drinking water systems in the state are doing their jobs in providing clean water to their customers. One program in particular assists water systems in their quest to improve water quality: the Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund.