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Healthy Louisiana

Medicaid Expansion is now making Healthy Louisiana a reality. Since beginning enrollment on July 1, 2016 for working adults who are now eligible for health care coverage, hundreds of thousands of people have signed up for coverage and are now getting primary care and screenings that prevent serious illnesses and costly treatments.

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What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is an infectious disease spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

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September 23, 2016
Officials report residents can resume use of the Bogue Chitto River
September 23, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health is providing updated information about West Nile and Zika virus cases in the state. There have been two additional West Nile and three additional Zika cases confirmed.
September 21, 2016
“As the son of a retired emergency room nurse, I know how critical it is for a community to have access to immediate care,” said Gov. Edwards. “While this mission has been a priority for me and many other local officials, it’s the voices of the people in this community that should be credited the most for making this day happen. I am grateful to everyone involved in making this new emergency room possible, especially Our Lady of the Lake and the community leaders who have carried this fight for nearly a year and a half.”
September 19, 2016
Nearly 12,000 adults, newly enrolled in Medicaid, have received preventative health care services since Medicaid eligibility was expanded on July 1. In addition, more than 305,000 new members have enrolled in the program.
September 17, 2016
On Friday, September 16, a levee breach at the City of Brookhaven’s sewage plant released approximately six million gallons of storm water-diluted sewage to the East Branch of the Bogue Chitto River. Based on information provided by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Department of Health and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality are issuing a water contact advisory for swimming and fishing in the Bogue Chitto River for its entire length in Louisiana. The advisory is effective immediately.
September 17, 2016
This past month, as Americans triumphed in the (sometimes) glistening waters in Rio, other Americans —many thousands of them — once again waded through sludgy, knee-high and deeper inundations to rescue their families, their neighbors, and their cherished belongings. While the country’s attention bobbed between the Olympics and this endless tabloid election, Louisiana families paddled in the darkness – not only was the power out, the media’s bright lights failed to illuminate Louisiana’s struggle and story.