Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals | Kathy Kliebert, Secretary

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Louisiana Medicaid or LaCHIP RecipientsBayou Health is the way most of Louisiana's Medicaid and LaCHIP recipients receive health care services. The State has contracted with five different Health Plans from which you can choose.

 Bayou Health includes two types of Health Plans:

One type is the prepaid model, which includes primary care providers and specialists in network. See the brochures for the three Bayou Health prepaid plans:

The other type is the shared savings model, which includes only primary care providers in network. If you are in one of these Plans and need to see a specialist or other kind of doctor, you can see anyone who takes regular Medicaid. See the brochures for the two Bayou Health shared savings plans:

The Department of Health and Hospitals is working to improve the coverage provided by Medicaid and LaCHIP to:

  • Give you choice in your health care.
  • Provide doctors and other health care professionals to cover the needs of you and your family. Bayou Health Plans will be required to ensure timely access to your doctor and limited waits for appointments.
  • Connect you to a doctor’s office or clinic where your family will go for all health care needs. This is important because:
              o Your doctor gets to know you, your family and your health care needs.
              o Your medical records are all in one place.
              o You will have someone to call anytime for care or advice, even at night or on the weekends.
              o You can get treatment for common medical problems instead of having to visit the ER.

Open Enrollment 2013-2014

Bayou Health's open enrollment period is upon us. During the open enrollment period Bayou Health members can change their plan or keep the one they have. Members can expect to receive notification by mail of when your open enrollment dates are and how to change your Health Plan if you choose. Please ensure your address is up to date with Louisiana Medicaid. To see which parishes are included in each GSA, click on A, B or C in the table below.

GSA Mailing Dates Open Enrollment Period Effective Date of Linkage
GSA A 11/21/13 - 11/27/13 11/21/13 - 1/30/14 2/1/2014
GSA B 1/21/14 - 1/27/14 1/21/14 - 3/28/14 4/1/2014
GSA C 3/24/14 - 3/28/14 3/24/14 - 5/29/14 6/1/2014