Healthy Louisiana

Medicaid Expansion is now a reality in Louisiana. July 1, 2016 marked the first day that adults who have enrolled in expanded income eligibility requirements for Medicaid were able to start using their new coverage to pay for care. On his first full day in office last January, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order to make Medicaid available to more than 375,000 adults living in Louisiana who previously did not qualify for coverage.

Beat the Heat

With soaring temperatures, there are dangers from excessive heat. Exposure to extreme heat and sun for even a short time can lead to heat-related illness. The very young and the elderly most vulnerable. Be smart and take precautions.

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
July 29, 2016
Today, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed one additional case of Zika virus. As in all of the other cases in Louisiana, this patient travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
July 29, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health will close molluscan shellfish growing area 11, located in Plaquemines Parish along the Gulf of Mexico, effective at sunset on Friday, July 29, 2016. This is a precautionary closure due to paralytic shellfish poisoning, a serious illness caused by eating shellfish contaminated with harmful toxins, in the area.
July 27, 2016
Over the past week, the Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed five additional cases of Zika virus. Each patient had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection. This brings the total to 14 cases of travel-associated Zika confirmed in Louisiana. There have been no confirmed cases of local transmission within Louisiana.
July 26, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, will be in Lafayette on Wednesday, July 27 to help promote enrollment in Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
July 25, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, will be in Lake Charles on Tuesday, July 26 to help promote enrollment in Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
July 22, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, will be in Hammond on Monday, July 25 to help promote enrollment in Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program.