Health Policy

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Louisiana officials find problems with several more Louisiana nursing home evacuation sites

BY: - August 12, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Health has concluded most of the “unlicensed” shelters that nursing homes from hurricane-prone parishes planned to use as evacuation sites are unfit for that purpose. New information the agency released Thursday signals that Louisiana’s problems with nursing home hurricane preparedness extend beyond the now-shuttered operations of nursing home owner Bob Dean.  […]

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Louisiana makes moves to stretch monkeypox vaccine supply

BY: - August 10, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Health is encouraging health care providers to stretch the state’s meager monkeypox vaccine supply by splitting individual doses as much as five ways, following a federal government directive Wednesday that allows them to do so.   “This is a potential game changer for our monkeypox response, especially ahead of upcoming large events […]

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Biden to sign order on out-of-state abortion access

BY: - August 3, 2022

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Wednesday that aims to help pregnant patients cover the cost of travel to access abortion health care, a senior administrative official said. The executive order does not protect access to abortion, which was overturned in late June by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court when it […]

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Global health officials push countries to combat monkeypox following public health emergency

BY: - July 25, 2022

Following the declaration of the 2022 monkeypox outbreak as a public health emergency, global health officials have established temporary recommendations to combat the disease that continues to spread worldwide. The World Health Organization announced Saturday that the monkeypox virus constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, as cases continue to rise in several countries, […]

Idaho’s polio vaccination rate is low and — over the past decade — falling

BY: - July 25, 2022

Health authorities in New York on July 21 reported the first case of polio in the U.S. in a decade. The patient was unvaccinated and was paralyzed by the viral disease, according to news reports. While there have been no cases reported in Idaho, the state’s polio vaccination rates have slipped in recent years — […]

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Louisiana receives 970 additional monkeypox vaccine doses

BY: - July 22, 2022

The federal government has sent Louisiana an additional 973 doses of the monkeypox vaccine, nearly doubling the state’s supply.  A week ago, the Louisiana Department of Health reported it had 1,048 doses of vaccine on hand. Each person vaccinated needs to receive two doses 28 days apart. Louisiana now has the capacity to fully inoculate […]

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Louisiana abortion ban in effect after judge moves case

BY: - July 8, 2022

NEW ORLEANS — A Orleans Parish judge has removed a temporary order blocking Louisiana’s ban on nearly all abortions from taking effect while moving a lawsuit that challenges the state’s abortion law to Baton Rouge. Judge Ethel Julien’s decision effectively closes the three clinics in Louisiana that provide abortion services. Facilities in Baton Rouge, New […]

Women’s Pregnancy Options in Albuquerque

Legal organization warns of crisis centers preying on people seeking abortions

BY: - July 7, 2022

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — It’s a nice storefront sandwiched between an insurance office and massage parlor. Two double-sided signs on the sidewalk in front of the building off San Mateo in southeast  Albuquerque advertise free pregnancy tests and ultrasounds. Their website has resources for social services, housing and adoption care.  One thing these places won’t […]

New Orleans protest over Supreme Court overturning abortion ruling

Doctors spell out their opposition to Louisiana’s abortion law

BY: - July 6, 2022

More than a dozen Louisiana physicians, including the former leader of the state health department under Gov. John Bel Edwards, have filed sworn affidavits in support of the preliminary injunction that would block Louisiana’s strict abortion laws from going into effect.  The physicians detailed their concerns that the trigger laws would lead to significant increase […]

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Louisiana OB-GYN residents train at an abortion clinic. Now where will they go?

BY: - June 30, 2022

Most obstetrics and gynecology medical residents in Louisiana train at a Shreveport abortion clinic. Now, it’s not clear where they will get that surgical instruction when most abortions likely become illegal in Louisiana and the clinic is shut down.  “We are looking to set up another opportunity for this training somewhere, whatever that is or […]

Gene Mills

After overturning Roe, what’s next for anti-abortion groups?

BY: - June 30, 2022

After 50 years of organizing from the bottom to the top of the ballot to put their preferred candidates in office, America’s anti-abortion movement has become the dog that caught the car: Roe v. Wade has been overturned.  While anti-abortion groups rejoiced at the news of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling, allowing abortion bans in […]

Louisiana among states where abortion was declining before Supreme Court ruling

BY: - June 29, 2022

A recent survey from the Guttmacher Institute documented an 8% rise in the number of abortions performed in the U.S. from 2017 to 2020, reversing what had been a nearly three-decade decline in women opting to terminate their pregnancies. But a closer look at the findings, drawn from a comprehensive survey of every known facility […]