Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Understanding the Impact of a Medicaid Expansion in Louisiana (White Paper Update)

On March 26 - 28, 2012 the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in a case (NFIB v. Sebelius and Florida v. HHS) challenging certain provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In its majority opinion, the Court ruled that Congress had exceeded its power by threatening to withhold existing federal Medicaid funding to states that did not comply with the requirements to expand their programs in compliance with PPACA. With this ruling, each Governor and legislature is faced with a decision regarding the expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. While Louisiana has elected not to expand its Medicaid program, this report outlines previous analyses of the impact of an expansion in Louisiana, the considerations and assumptions included, updates to these assumptions and continuing uncertainties.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
DHH Dental provider Q & A calls to alternate Wednesdays through June

The Department of Health and Hospitals' (DHH) teleconference for providers interested in the new Medicaid Dental Benefit Management Program will occur every other week through the end of June.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Governor Bobby Jindal and DHH Secretary Kathy Kliebert Announce "Well-Ahead Louisiana" Health Initiative

Today, Governor Bobby Jindal and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) Secretary Kathy Kliebert were joined by dozens of local supporting organizations to launch the Well-Ahead Louisiana initiative, which will designate healthy places around the state that voluntarily champion and embrace health and wellness. The program is a state-wide effort to partner with schools, businesses and other organizations in local communities to give Louisianians more control and ownership of their health.

Monday, March 24, 2014
Majority of Water Systems Comply with DHH Emergency Rule Requiring Higher Disinfectant Levels in Drinking Water

The Department of Health and Hospitals on Monday announced that around 95 percent of the state’s drinking water systems have complied with an emergency rule issued last year requiring increased disinfectant levels in drinking water and increased monitoring of water quality.

Friday, March 21, 2014
DHH Announces Contract Recommendation for Statewide Dental Benefits Program Manager

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals today announced that Managed Care of North America Dental (MCNA) is being recommended for the contract as the Dental Benefits Program Manager to provide dental services for 1.2 million Medicaid and LaCHIP enrollees.

Thursday, March 20, 2014
DHH Issues Emergency Rule Banning the Sale or Use of Eight Additional Synthetic Drugs

The Department of Health and Hospitals today issued an Emergency Rule banning the sale or use of eight additional synthetic cannabinoids, commonly marketed as synthetic marijuana, following reports from law enforcement officials of a high number of associated drug overdoses in recent weeks.