October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For the first time, women receiving health benefits from Louisiana Medicaid have access to coverage for breast reconstruction surgery of the contralateral breast following a mastectomy. In addition, they will have access to BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 mutation testing in cancer-affected individuals and those at high-risk for breast or ovarian cancer.

Healthy Louisiana Coverage

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.

Visit our dashboard for enrollment details and statistics.

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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Recent News
October 21, 2016
Louisiana is ranked first in opioid prescribing of all 50 states. The Louisiana Department of Health continues to work with partners throughout the state to address the opioid epidemic and develop potential solutions.
October 20, 2016
The Louisiana Medicaid Expansion program has reached a new milestone. To date, more than 326,000 new members have enrolled in Louisiana Medicaid Expansion and over 24,000 of those members have received preventative care visits with a provider.
October 18, 2016
In an effort to help Louisiana Medicaid practitioners adopt electronic health records (EHR), the Louisiana Department of Health will host an EHR vendor and clearinghouse vendor fair Wednesday, October 26, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Room 118 of the Bienville building located at 628 North 4th Street in downtown Baton Rouge.
October 18, 2016
Nasal flu spray no longer recommended after being found ineffective by CDC
October 14, 2016
The Department of Health continues to get reports of newly confirmed Zika and West Nile virus cases. Details of these cases are updated on the Department of Health’s website, Arboviral Surveillance Reports, and can be found here.
October 06, 2016
New policies allow for coverage of breast reconstruction post mastectomy and genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer