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Louisiana may look at changing medical release for sick, dying incarcerated people — again

BY: - May 13, 2021

A lawmaker wants the state to put together a commission to study Louisiana’s policies related to the release of incarcerated people who are sick and dying in prison — just three years after the Legislature voted to tighten the rules on those same releases. The Louisiana House will have to approve the measure before it […]

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Nothing but racism explains Black women’s higher rate of horrible birth stories | Jarvis DeBerry

BY: - May 7, 2021

Tatyana Ali, who starred as Ashley Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” from 1990 to 1996, entered Harvard the next year where she double majored in government and African-American studies. In 2016, Ali and her husband, an English professor at Stanford, welcomed their first child, but only after mother and baby were roughly treated […]

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Heartbreaking stories of Black maternal deaths, pregnancy complications, racism related at hearing

BY: and - May 7, 2021

WASHINGTON — When U.S. Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri was pregnant with her first child, Zion, she saw a sign in her doctor’s office encouraging her to speak up about anything unusual she was feeling. She did so, telling her physician that she was having severe pains, but her concerns were swiftly dismissed. The doctor […]

State would determine appropriate medical treatments for trans minors 

Senator pulls bill that would have imposed health care restrictions for transgender youth

BY: - April 28, 2021

Sen. Mike Fesi, R-Houma, pulled his legislation Wednesday that would have restricted health care access for transgender children and teenagers by requiring people under 18 years old to get written permission from both their parents before pursuing medical care and mental health services based on their gender identity. This means that Fesi’s proposal is no […]

Medical marijuana prices soar in Louisiana due to regulatory bottleneck

Will Louisiana fully legalize marijuana? 10 things to know about the debate

BY: - April 28, 2021

The Louisiana Legislature took a major step toward fully legalizing marijuana products for recreational use when — for the first time that anyone can remember — a legislative committee sent a bill to fully legalize marijuana to the House  for consideration. The House Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice voted 7-5 Tuesday for legislation […]

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John Bel Edwards opposes bills with transgender restrictions

BY: - April 19, 2021

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards opposes four bills introduced by lawmakers that would impose restrictions on transgender people. The governor said he would hope the lawmakers will kill the legislation, and indicated he would likely veto the proposals if they made it to his desk. “I am really concerned about emotionally fragile people and the […]

‘We all deserve to keep our children’: Grieving grandmother calls attention to state’s high infant, maternal mortality rates

BY: - April 14, 2021

Argarette Weatherspoon-Collins told the Louisiana Senate Committee on Health and Welfare Wednesday that her daughter Jessica, then 6 months pregnant, went to see a doctor in March 2020  and when she was turned away because her insurance had just lapsed, went to an emergency room where her blood pressure registered 280/190. Twenty minutes later, Weatherspoon-Collins […]

State would determine appropriate medical treatments for trans minors 

Louisiana senator files anti-transgender legislation

BY: - March 30, 2021

Louisiana Sen. Mike Fesi, R-Houma, has filed legislation that would require people under 18 years old to get written permission from their parents before pursuing medical care and mental health services based on their gender identity. The bill would make it more difficult for transgender and gender nonconforming minors to get medical assistance if either […]

Louisiana Survey shows economy and pandemic top residents’ concerns

BY: - March 30, 2021

The results of the 2021 Louisiana Survey, released Tuesday, indicate residents are most concerned with the COVID-19 pandemic and the economy, even though more than two-thirds of those surveyed say that financially they’re doing as well or better than they were a year ago. Researchers in the Public Policy Research Lab (PPRL) at LSU’s Reilly […]

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Louisiana will make many more people eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday

BY: - March 8, 2021

Gov. John Bel Edwards is expected to greatly expand access to the COVID-19 vaccines in Louisiana Tuesday, adding people with more than 20 health conditions and those who work in jails and prisons to the list of those eligible to receive them. Health care providers who didn’t want to be named shared an expanded list […]

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LSU system submits missing sexual harassment reports

BY: - March 3, 2021

LSU submitted more of its campus reports on sexual harassment that are required by the state this week, after the Illuminator and Associated Press published stories saying the higher education system had missed a deadline to file most of them. The reports for LSU’s Alexandria, Eunice and Shreveport campuses were late. The university’s two health […]

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Louisiana gave Ochsner Health 20 percent of all COVID-19 vaccine doses, data shows

BY: - February 24, 2021

Ochsner Health was the single largest recipient of COVID-19 vaccine from Louisiana during the first nine weeks of distribution, with its facilities getting about 20 percent of all doses given out by the state, according to an analysis done by Louisiana Illuminator of data publicly released by the Louisiana Department of Health.  Ochsner facilities — […]