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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.  […]

Inflation Reduction Act would push Louisiana to forefront of clean energy sector

BY: - August 11, 2022

Some policy experts believe Louisiana is one of the better positioned states to take advantage of clean energy provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act that Congress is expected to pass this week.  With $485 billion in new spending offset by $790 billion in revenue and savings, the legislation includes the nation’s largest ever investment in […]

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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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To transgender Louisianians, abortion ban yet another health care barrier

BY: - August 10, 2022

Ed Abraham has dreams of getting pregnant and starting a family. But due to the abortion ban, Abraham, a transmasculine person, worries he will be forced to leave the state to achieve his dream.  “I am very wary, being a trans person, of how I’ll be treated in hospital settings, if I’ll get decent care […]

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Facebook data used to prosecute Nebraska mother, daughter after alleged abortion

BY: - August 10, 2022

Police allege in court documents that Celeste Burgess, then 17 years old, told police in April that she had suffered a miscarriage in a bathtub at her home. She said she and her mom buried the stillborn, the documents show.

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Louisiana health officials told to remove LGBTQ Pride content from web

BY: - August 9, 2022

Following a call from a state legislator in June, the head of the Louisiana Department of Health allegedly asked staff to scrub the agency’s online accounts of all content related to LGBTQ+ Pride month, according to internal emails among LDH staff. In one of the emails dated June 29, press administrator Michelle McCalope wrote to […]

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Fear and uncertainty grip patients as abortion referral services struggle to keep up

BY: - August 8, 2022

Abortion referral services have seen a change in how they do their work, but despite restrictions that make it less possible to get an abortion in Ohio, clinics and non-profits definitely haven’t seen a shortage of need.

LSU expands programs to stem nursing shortage

BY: - August 8, 2022

LSU Health New Orleans is expanding its accelerated nursing programs to North Louisiana to mitigate the nursing shortage the state is experiencing (Getty Images)

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Bogalusa workers to join labor strike at federal call centers in 3 states

BY: - August 5, 2022

Frustrated workers at Maximus, the nation’s largest federal call center contractor, plan to go on strike Monday at three of the company’s largest locations in Louisiana, Mississippi and Virginia, to protest what they say are poor working conditions and unsafe COVID-19 policies. The call center workers, who handle the toll-free lines for the Medicare and […]

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COVID-19 vaccine to be required for most public university students in Louisiana

BY: - August 5, 2022

Most Louisiana public universities will require the COVID-19 vaccine this fall, though a liberal vaccine exemption policy offered through state law also will also make it easy for students to circumvent those mandates.  The University of Louisiana system, Southern University system and LSU Shreveport will require the vaccine. LSU’s two health sciences centers, its main […]

Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox

BY: - August 5, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced Thursday a public health emergency for the monkeypox virus, which means the federal government can more quickly assist states with distributing vaccines and conducting testing and public health campaigns. “We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, […]

With limited monkeypox vaccine, Southern Decadence is a concern for Louisiana

BY: - August 4, 2022

Louisiana is headed into one of the largest gatherings of gay and bisexual men in the country next month without nearly enough monkeypox vaccine to meet the demand – and with a shortage of vaccine nationwide during a growing outbreak of the virus.  Any person, regardless of gender or sexual history, can contract monkeypox, health […]