Department

May 02, 2016
BATON ROUGE – Today, Governor John Bel Edwards and Dr. Rebekah Gee, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals, began a statewide tour to discuss Medicaid expansion in Louisiana. Gov. Edwards and Dr. Gee also announced that the Bayou Health program is being renamed Healthy Louisiana. The new program seeks to improve the health of those who are currently covered by Medicaid and those who will become eligible for coverage under Medicaid expansion. Gov. Edwards and Dr. Gee also unveiled a new website, www.healthy.la.gov, for enrollment information for qualified individuals.
April 29, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, in collaboration with hundreds of local governments and community organizations, has released the Louisiana State Health Assessment and State Health Improvement Plan. The State Health Assessment presents an analysis of the health needs and priorities facing every region of the state, detailing the strengths and weaknesses of each community as well as the opportunities and challenges facing them.
April 28, 2016
Baton Rouge, La. – DHH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee has encouraged all DHH employees to participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, which Louisiana is celebrating Friday, April 29 per a proclamation from Governor John Bel Edwards. The annual observance creates an opportunity for children to learn more about their parents' jobs and how education is important to success in the workplace.
April 25, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is encouraging enrollees of two of its Medicaid programs to update any out-of-date addresses to ensure their transition to full coverage benefits under expanded Medicaid when those services go live on July 1. Enrollees of the Take Charge Plus and Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection programs do not need to apply to enroll in the expanded Medicaid program and be eligible for full benefits, but address information must be current.
April 25, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, is traveling to Washington, D.C. today, where she will meet with several officials with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
April 12, 2016
Dr. Melinda Wharton, director of the Immunization Services Division of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) and the nation’s chief immunologist, will visit Louisiana in advance of National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW), April 16 – 23. Dr. Wharton will be in Louisiana April 14 and 15.
April 06, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been notified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that two Louisiana residents who recently traveled to the Caribbean and South America were found to have had the Zika virus. Both individuals no longer have symptoms, and the Zika virus was confirmed after the individuals had recovered and no longer had the virus in their bloodstream.
April 05, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) recently awarded an $800,000 loan to the Town of Jackson through the State’s Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund. This low-interest subsidized loan will help improve infrastructure for the water system.
March 26, 2016
The Department of Health and Hospitals’ Office of Public Health provides residents of flood-affected areas some basic guidelines for safe mold cleanup and removal.
March 26, 2016
Tests ordered by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and performed by a certified lab have confirmed that the water in Donaldsonville is safe to drink. As such, the do not drink the water advisory has been lifted.