Office of the Secretary

December 30, 2005
Baton Rouge --- Following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Gov. Kathleen Babineaux Blanco issued Executive Order 2005-33 to allow out-of-state doctors and other licensed medical professionals to provide emergency services to patients. The Executive Order was renewed several times and is now set to expire on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2005. In anticipation of this expiration date, the Department of Health and Hospitals worked with various professional boards to develop an expedited process for a temporary “permission to practice.”
December 29, 2005
At the Find Family National Call Center in Baton Rouge, the steady hum of office work is interrupted almost five times every hour by the ringing of a bell. This bell signifies that a person who had been reported missing following Hurricane Katrina has been found alive.
December 28, 2005
Baton Rouge – Recent news accounts have reported the Department of Health and Hospitals has been overpaid by FEMA by nearly $340 million, and that DHH has returned that overpayment.
December 09, 2005
Please click here to read the press release Louisiana State Police distributed announcing the vendors for the DNA contract.
November 21, 2005
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has been awarded a federal contract to develop a prototype of health information sharing and electronic health record support that can be used throughout the Gulf Coast region.
November 17, 2005
The federal Health Resources and Services Administration recently approved 64 new health professional shortage areas in Louisiana. This designation will allow Louisiana to draw more state and federal health care resources to the state.
October 31, 2005
Recovered Bodies – At this time, state officials, working in conjunction with coroners from local parishes, have recovered 1,067 bodies. This is an increase from 1,062 recovered bodies reported on Oct. 27, 2005.
October 27, 2005
Recovered Bodies – At this time, state officials, working in conjunction with coroners from local parishes, have recovered 1,062 bodies. This is an increase from 1,061 recovered bodies reported on Oct. 25, 2005.
September 28, 2005
Baton Rouge – Recent news accounts have reported the Department of Health and Hospitals has been overpaid by FEMA by nearly $340 million, and that DHH has returned that overpayment.
September 14, 2005
Baton Rouge --- On behalf of the state of Louisiana, the Department of Health and Hospitals has contracted with Kenyon International Emergency Services to recover the bodies of deceased victims of Hurricane Katrina.