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  • DHH awards $405K to water system for new well

    July 19, 2014 12:30 PM

    JONESBORO, La. (AP) - A Jackson Parish water system has received a $405,000 low-interest loan from the state to help install a new drinking water well. The News-Star reports the money will be used to build a third water well at the Caney Lake booster station site to help increase... more »
  • DHH rescinds new La. abortion rules

    February 4, 2014 6:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration announced Monday night it was scrapping rewritten licensing regulations for abortion clinics that abortion rights supporters had said would force all five of the state's clinics to shut down. The Department of Health and Hospitals said it would rewrite the regulations... more »
  • DHH urges all to get flu shot

    October 25, 2013 6:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Parish health units around the state have started offering flu vaccinations to all Louisiana residents ages six months and older. The state Department of Health and Hospitals says in addition to protecting against seasonal flu, studies suggest the vaccine may also protect against heart attacks... more »
  • Family Fighting Jindal's Veto

    June 26, 2013 7:41 PM

    Governor Jindal is coming under fire after vetoing four million dollars from next year's budget that would have expanded a program for the developmentally disabled. Jindal says the state can't afford to expand the new opportunity waiver, or "NOW." The program provides residential support, community integration and development as... more »
  • DHH: 5 parish school systems 'asthma-friendly'

    October 9, 2012 7:42 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana Health Secretary Bruce Greenstein says five more parish school systems have taught teachers and administrators how to recognize signs and symptoms of asthma and taken other measures to help students with the disease. He says the Orleans, West Baton Rouge, Claiborne, Red River and West... more »
  • LSU Health System Hit Hard by Medicaid Cuts

    July 19, 2012 11:17 PM

    The LSU Health System has a number, but no plan, on how to strip $329 million from the hospital system. The cuts total $523 million for the state's health care system, handed down by Governor Bobby Jindal's administration last week. Of that, two-thirds falls on the LSU Healthcare System. ... more »
  • DHH hosting 10 forums on addiction treatment

    June 13, 2012 7:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state health department is hosting forums around Louisiana to let people know about the addictive disorder treatment programs available in their communities. Ten forums will be held from Wednesday through June 27, starting in Pineville and ending in Gray. Details about the locations and... more »
  • State Budget Cuts Could Slash Early Childhood Programs

    May 15, 2012 11:27 PM

    State budget cuts could slash children's health services provided by the Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). This week the Senate Finance Committee will consider a $100 million budget cut to DHH that was approved by the House last week. Those cuts actually amount to some $350 million because... more »
  • More UMC Employees Likely to Be Laid Off With Budget Cuts

    January 30, 2012 7:20 PM

    UMC Administrators met with Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital Officials in Carencro Monday to talk about hospital budget cuts. A deficit is slashing nearly 4 million from the hospital's budget. One hundred and six UMC employees who will likely be laid off. However, the plan keeps changing as lawmakers... more »
  • DHH orders New Orleans-area clinic to close

    September 7, 2011 6:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State health regulators have shut down a women's clinic in New Orleans for repeated health and safety violations. Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein late Tuesday issued the order against the Gentilly Medical Clinic for Women, requiring it to immediately halt operations. A... more »
  • DHH: $4M owed after audit of home health providers

    August 11, 2011 10:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State health officials say audits of in-home health providers who care for Medicaid patients turned up insufficient training documentation, a lack of criminal background checks on employees, timesheet discrepancies and outright fraud. Forty-one companies were reviewed by an accounting firm. Kimberly Sullivan, the program integrity... more »
  • DHH chooses 5 firms to run managed care networks

    July 26, 2011 9:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Department of Health and Hospitals selected five private companies Monday to run $2.2 billion of Louisiana's Medicaid program through managed care networks to be rolled out over the next year. About 875,000 low-income residents who get medical treatment through Medicaid, mostly children, will be... more »
  • DHH: Now E-Health Network Building Can Start

    February 12, 2011 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State health officials say the federal government has OK'd Louisiana's plan for a statewide electronic health record network. The Department of Health and Hospitals says Friday's approval means the state can now get millions of dollars to start building the network. The plan is meant... more »
  • One New Confirmed Cases of West Nile Virus

    November 5, 2010 12:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed one new human case of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 32. The new case comes from Ascension Parish. This case is reported in DHH's weekly Louisiana Arbovirus Surveillance Summary which can be found in the... more »
  • DHH Opens Another Oyster Harvesting Area

    October 14, 2010 5:45 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today the reopening of oyster harvesting Area 19 after working with officials from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other state and federal partners. Area 19, which is located west of the Mississippi River in Terrebonne Parish, was partially closed... more »
  • Suit Filed Against DHH For Budget Cuts That Could Send Thousands To Nursing Homes

    September 24, 2010 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A federal lawsuit has been filed against the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, saying that more than 11,000 state residents could be placed in institutions because of cutbacks in home care services. The New Orleans-based Advocacy Center filed the suit Wednesday in Baton Rouge.... more »
  • DHH says Hispanic Field Worker Dies of Rabies

    August 24, 2010 1:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals says a Hispanic field worker died over the weekend of rabies. DHH says the unidentified victim was initially taken to a hospital in New Roads and transferred to New Orleans, where he later died. Lisa Faust with DHH... more »
  • DHH Confirms 3 New West Nile Cases

    August 20, 2010 12:27 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has confirmed three new human cases of West Nile Virus, bringing this year's total to 12. The three new cases come from East Baton Rouge Parish. Health officials characterize West Nile infections three ways: neuroinvasive, West Nile fever and asymptomatic. A neuroinvasive illness... more »
  • LA DHH Announces Reopening of Oyster Harvesting Area 5

    August 16, 2010 5:56 PM

    The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today the reopening of oyster harvesting Area 5 after working with a specialist with the federal Food and Drug Administration and determining there was no oil intrusion. This harvest area, which was originally closed July 5, 2010, is east of the... more »
  • Oil Spill Injuries Update

    June 15, 2010 1:38 PM

    One hundred and nine cases of oil spill exposure-related cases have been reported to the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) to date, according to its second surveillance report released today. Seventy-four of those cases involved workers on oil rigs or workers involved in the oil spill clean-up... more »
  • DHH Reopens Additional Oyster Harvesting Areas

    May 20, 2010 9:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced today that it has partially reopened oyster harvesting areas 14 and 15, and all of areas 2, 3 and 4 to give harvesters as much time as possible to harvest their product before any potential impact from the BP... more »
  • WIC Available for Those Affected By Oil Spill

    May 7, 2010 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals has worked with the USDA to provide emergency food assistance for those affected by the BP oil spill through the WIC nutrition program. Under new rules, proposed by DHH's Office of Public Health and approved by... more »
  • DHH & DQ: Protect Yourself From Chemical Exposure

    May 5, 2010 6:12 PM

    The Louisiana departments of Health and Hospitals and Environmental Quality are urging residents as well as oil spill response workers and volunteers to take the proper steps to protect their health from possible exposure to chemical, physical and biological hazards caused by the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.... more »
  • Questionable DHH Overtime Found by Inspector General

    April 28, 2010 1:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Ten employees at a state-run home for developmentally disabled patients in Ruston received 23,000 hours of questionable overtime in 2008, and the state inspector general questioned whether the employees were at work for the hours reported, according to a report released Tuesday. "Our investigation revealed... more »
  • DHH Update On Swine Flu Spread In Louisiana

    December 14, 2009 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals today updated the status of the state's Fight the Flu campaign, announcing that 224,869 doses of H1N1 vaccine have been administered across the state. This Week's H1N1 Vaccination Campaign Highlights · Of the 1,207,000 doses of... more »
  • Louisiana Medicaid Recognized

    November 20, 2009 10:26 AM

    Louisiana Medicaid Recognized as a National Best Practice for Administrative Efficiency Despite one of lowest administrative costs in nation and 15 percent reduction in eligibility staff, Louisiana Medicaid shows significantly lower error rates, keeps nearly 100 percent of qualified kids on rolls BATON ROUGE- Louisiana Department of Health... more »
  • DHH: Expanded H1N1 vaccine availability for Louisiana

    November 11, 2009 4:04 PM

    DHH Announces Expanded H1N1 Vaccine Availability for All Target Populations in Louisiana Department launches revamped Fight the Flu website and H1N1 flu shot locator. BATON ROUGE -Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine and State Health Officer Jimmy Guidry, M.D., announced today that the 2009... more »
  • DHH Confirms Three Deaths from H1N1 Flu

    October 6, 2009 11:45 AM

    The department will not release other personal details about the individuals to protect the privacy of the residents and their families. Baton Rouge: The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals today confirmed three deaths in the state from H1N1: an adult female from DHH Region I, the Greater New... more »
  • DHH: Deadline to Register for H1N1 Vaccine

    September 29, 2009 1:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is reminding all providers interested in administering the H1N1 influenza vaccine to register with the state before 5 p.m., Friday, October 2. Due to federal requirements, states are required to electronically report all administered doses of the H1N1 vaccine, which... more »

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