Health Care

The Mississippi River at Natchez, Mississippi

Louisianans on Medicaid expansion can get care across river at Natchez hospital

BY: - November 30, 2022

Just across the Mississippi River bridge from Natchez are the Louisiana towns of Vidalia, Ferriday and other communities where there are people who have health care coverage through the expansion of Medicaid. Those Louisianans, if they are in the correct Medicaid health care network, can obtain medical services across the bridge in Mississippi at Merit […]

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Landry, 21 AGs push Biden administration to drop healthcare worker COVID vaccine mandate

BY: - November 21, 2022

Louisiana’s attorney general announced Monday he is leading a coalition of 22 states that want the Biden administration to end a mandate for healthcare workers to be vaccinated for COVID-19. The 22 attorneys general have filed a petition that requests the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid […]

Louisiana’s rural healthcare anemic for minorities, poor, elderly

BY: - November 18, 2022

Karen Wyble kept a promise that she made to the mother of a young sickle cell patient when she testified Thursday before a legislative committee. The woman’s daughter had refused to go to a hospital emergency department to address her severe pain because of the treatment she had received previously. “‘Mom, please just let me […]

Oregon will be the first state to make affordable health care a constitutional right

BY: - November 16, 2022

Oregon will be the first state in the nation to enshrine the right to affordable health care in its constitution. Ballot Measure 111 narrowly passed, with nearly 50.7% of voters in favor and 49.3% of voters opposed. The measure’s long-term impact on Oregon health care is unclear because it doesn’t prescribe how the state should […]

Louisiana health department declines to answer doctors’ questions on abortion law

BY: - November 1, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Health refuses to answer questions from doctors about the state’s abortion ban, making it difficult for physicians to determine what medical care for pregnant people might put them at risk for criminal charges.  The health department’s lead attorney Stephen Russo said his agency is not responsible for clearing up physician confusion […]

New Orleans protest over Supreme Court overturning abortion ruling

Both sides of abortion debate criticize Louisiana’s list of exceptions

BY: - October 25, 2022

Few people appear happy with Louisiana’s approach to carving out medical exceptions for the state’s sweeping abortion ban.  Doctors and anti-abortion advocates criticized the state’s list of two dozen “medically futile” pregnancy conditions that could still be used to access a legal abortion. They spoke Tuesday at a sparsely attended public hearing held on the […]

Emily Withnall

Millions of workers are dealing with long COVID. Advocates call for expanding social safety net.

BY: - October 22, 2022

Emily Withnall caught COVID-19 from her teenager in July 2020. In the more than two years since, the 40-year-old has suffered from debilitating fatigue, spinal pain and heart palpitations. In addition to her primary care doctor, she regularly sees a cardiologist and says her acupuncturist and craniosacral therapy help relieve her pain and the trouble […]

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Louisiana proposes expanding list of exceptions to abortion ban

BY: - October 19, 2022

Louisiana has proposed adding one new condition to the list of medical diagnoses that permit a person to have an abortion under the state’s strict abortion ban. It comes after a woman complained publicly that she couldn’t terminate her compromised pregnancy.  The state Department of Health quietly suggested an update to state abortion regulations in […]

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Louisiana panel dives into medical marijuana workplace issues

BY: - October 19, 2022

With medical marijuana now available to Louisiana’s workforce, employees have raised concerns that they could be fired or face other job-related repercussions for testing positive for a legal drug taken on the advice of a physician. A new state panel is searching for solutions to this potential problem that will protect workers and employers. Three […]

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In Louisiana, Black men more likely to get monkeypox, white men more likely to be vaccinated

BY: - October 12, 2022

In a small parking lot outside of one of Baton Rouge’s few gay bars, health care workers remained upbeat, even as they admitted they had hoped for a bigger turnout to their monkeypox vaccine drive. Only 13 people showed up during the three hours a mobile vaccine clinic was open a few feet from Provo’s […]

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Medical marijuana runs into problems with Louisiana physician, nursing boards

BY: - September 23, 2022

Despite passing new laws designed to give patients easier access to medical marijuana, state legislators continue to run into bureaucratic obstacles with the various regulatory bodies that oversee medicine in Louisiana.  The legislature’s Medical Marijuana Commission met Friday to address problems with the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and Louisiana State Board of Nursing.  […]

Marjorie Taylor Greene leads GOP drive to criminalize gender-affirming care for transgender youth

BY: - September 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — Conservative Republicans gathered outside the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday to commit to bringing legislation to the floor that would make it a felony to perform gender-affirming care on transgender youth, should the GOP take control of the U.S. House following the November midterm elections.  “How on earth can this be happening in America? […]