Office of the Secretary

August 09, 2007
Baton Rouge – New federal funding is now available to help existing community clinics in the Greater New Orleans area expand their services, open satellite clinics, stay open longer hours and hire more medical staff.
July 20, 2007
An estimated 9,000 additional uninsured Louisiana children will be eligible to sign up for state health care benefits over the next year through an expansion of the Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP).
June 28, 2007
The Department of Health and Hospitals announced today two grant awards totaling more than $56 million to aid in restoring access to health care in Katrina-impacted communities. The grants were awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
June 28, 2007
Baton Rouge – The Department of Health and Hospitals announced today two grant awards totaling more than $56 million to aid in restoring access to health care in Katrina-impacted communities. The grants were awarded through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
May 25, 2007
Baton Rouge – Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $161 million to Louisiana to improve health care in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina.
February 23, 2007
Baton Rouge – Over the past week, the Department of Health and Hospitals issued checks to 31 more hospitals that cared for uninsured patients last year in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. (Earlier payments were made to East and West Jefferson hospitals.) With these latest payments, DHH met its mid-February goal of issuing extra funding to hospitals that qualified because they treated higher numbers of uninsured patients.
February 01, 2007
Registration is now open for the Lighten Up Louisiana statewide competition for 2007. The overwhelmingly successful program encourages Louisiana citizens to get healthy by focusing on making better food choices and increasing physical activity. This time around, both the adult and kids’ versions will run at the same time. In addition, individuals as well as teams can now join the competition.
January 29, 2007
Baton Rouge – Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and the Department of Health and Hospitals today announced the latest round of payments that are set to go out to hospitals that cared for uninsured patients last year.
January 26, 2007
The Department of Health and Hospitals’ Bureau of Primary Care and Rural Health will host a conference to address strategies to better deal with chronic health conditions.
January 17, 2007
On January 17, 2007 at 10:00 am Lighten Up Louisiana will be kicking off its second fitness competition at Louisiana’s Office of Group Benefits at Bon Carre, 7389 Florida Blvd., Suite 400.