Health Care

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with no opt-out for testing under an executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Thursday, according to several news outlets. The new requirement will be rolled out as Biden gives a major address Thursday afternoon on new national strategies for combating […]

Nursing Home Scandal

Louisiana nursing home owner who warehoused patients is a political donor

BY: - September 5, 2021

The nursing homes owner who left nearly 850 of his patients in an unsanitary warehouse following Hurricane Ida has been a generous supporter of both Democratic and Republican politicians in Louisiana. State and federal campaign finance records show Bob Dean has given at least $289,000 to candidates since 1994 both as an individual and through […]

Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center

With local hospitals damaged, Louisiana discusses ‘field hospital’ after Ida

BY: - September 1, 2021

With four of the five hospitals in Louisiana’s bayou region almost entirely inoperable, state and federal officials are considering setting up a “field hospital” to provide medical care for Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Officials from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Louisiana Department of Health […]

Louisiana babies airlifted out of Louisiana hospitals, sent to Texas

BY: and - September 1, 2021

Six newborns from Terrebonne General Medical Center were evacuated to Ochsner Lafayette General, the hospital announced Tuesday.  All six are in stable condition and staff members at the hospital have been working extra shifts and staying late for feedings to take care of all patients, Critical Care Nurse Manager Meagan Daigle said. Other sick babies […]

Louisiana starts recovery from Hurricane Ida with limited power, phone service

BY: - August 30, 2021

Louisiana citizens started to dig themselves out of the wreckage left by Hurricane Ida Monday while dealing with widespread power failures, sewerage system outages and downed mobile phone service across much of the southeastern region of the state.  Some of the parishes most affected by the powerful storm — including New Orleans — didn’t have […]

List: Hospital and medical clinic closures due to Hurricane Ida

When Ida meets delta: 5 ways the COVID-19 surge complicates Louisiana’s hurricane response

BY: - August 28, 2021

Hurricane Ida is already expected to be a life-altering, Category 4 storm with winds over 100 miles per hour not only along the Louisiana coast but also more inland parts of the state like Baton Rouge and Lafayette.  But this hurricane also poses a bigger threat because it is expected to strike at a time […]

Louisiana nursing home workers have a low vaccination rate. Biden mandate should change that.

BY: , and - August 19, 2021

Nursing homes will be required to ensure their staffers are vaccinated against COVID-19, or risk losing billions of federal healthcare dollars in the Medicaid and Medicare programs, the Biden administration announced Wednesday. The president’s new mandate is likely to have a big impact on Louisiana, which has persistently had one of the lowest COVID-19 vaccination […]

Governor John Bel Edwards

John Bel Edwards on vaccine mandates: 6 things to know

BY: - August 4, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards repeatedly said Wednesday that he won’t be issuing COVID-19 vaccine mandates for the public sector — including for K-12 schools, universities and state employees — until a vaccine receives full approval from the federal Food and Drug Administration and not just emergency use authorization. “I do look forward to the day […]

Only 45% of staff at Louisiana’s nursing homes are fully vaccinated

BY: and - July 19, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana health officials have been engaged in an all-out public relations campaign to convince skeptical Louisianians that COVID-19 is deadly, that the new Delta variant is even more infectious and that vaccination against the novel coronavirus is a proven method of avoiding life-threatening illness and death. Their campaign has included […]

Abortion pill

Louisiana has three new abortion laws: Here’s what they do

BY: - July 6, 2021

Louisiana has three new laws aimed at restricting and deterring abortion. Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat who opposes abortion, announced last week he signed the measures. Here’s a rundown of what they do: Medical professionals will be required to suggest ‘abortion reversal’ may be possible  Act 483 — which will take effect Aug. 1 […]

Louisiana state workers, teachers will have access to weight-loss surgery

BY: - June 28, 2021

Louisiana’s health insurance plans that cover state workers and public school teachers will now help pay for weight-loss surgeries that people had previously had to cover out of their own pockets. Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law Senate Bill 150, sponsored by Sen. Regina Barrow (D-Baton Rouge), to provide weight-loss surgery coverage to people […]

More than 160,000 sign up for $1 million vaccine lottery after first day

BY: - June 21, 2021

More than 160,000 vaccinated Louisianians entered for the chance to win $1 million Monday as the Louisiana Department of Health launched “Shot at a Million,” a lottery for vaccinated Louisiana residents and the state’s latest vaccine incentive program. Fourteen Louisiana residents who enter the vaccine lottery will win cash prizes — including four prizes of […]