Health Policy

‘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 […]

House passes qualified immunity bill

STD legislation that criminalizes exposure runs afoul of latest research, critics say

BY: - April 1, 2021

A state legislator has introduced a bill that would make it a crime for someone to intentionally expose another with a sexually transmitted disease (STD). But some in the health care industry and LGBTQ community fear the bill will do the opposite of what is intended. House Bill 238, sponsored by Rep. Patricia Moore, D-Monroe, […]

CDC’s eviction moratorium extended through June 30

BY: - March 29, 2021

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the extension of an eviction moratorium that it first announced in September during President Donald Trump’s administration as a way to mitigate the spread of the novel coronavirus and reduce the incidence of COVID-19. The moratorium was set to expire Wednesday, but according to an explanatory document […]

Pennsylvania’s Rachel Levine confirmed as highest-ranking openly transgender federal official

BY: - March 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s former top health official, Dr. Rachel Levine, on Wednesday became the first openly transgender individual to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate for a federal position. The Senate voted 52-48 to confirm her as an assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services. Two Republicans, Sens. Susan Collins of Maine […]

U.S. Senate panel advances nomination of transgender doctor from Pennsylvania for HHS post

BY: - March 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania’s former top health official, Dr. Rachel Levine, moved one step closer on Wednesday to becoming the highest-ranking openly transgender official in the federal government. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee voted 13-9 to advance Levine’s nomination to serve as assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for a vote by […]

Senate panel splits over Xavier Becerra, Biden’s pick to lead Health and Human Services

BY: - March 4, 2021

WASHINGTON — A Senate panel divided evenly along party lines Wednesday over the nomination of Xavier Becerra, President Biden’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services. The 14-14 vote came in the Senate Finance Committee, with Democrats in support of advancing Becerra’s nomination and Republicans opposed to sending it to the full […]

Louisiana health secretary joins counterparts in asking Congress for more vaccines, more money, more communication

BY: - February 2, 2021

WASHINGTON — State health officials in Colorado, Louisiana and Michigan had a clear answer when asked Tuesday what they need to better vaccinate their residents: more doses, more information to guide their planning, and more money to pay for the mammoth undertaking. That guidance from state leaders came during a U.S. House Energy and Commerce […]

Biden orders tougher mask rules as part of overhauled COVID-19 strategy

BY: - January 22, 2021

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s first policy focus after being sworn in? Overhauling the disjointed federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which claimed another 4,400 American lives on his first day in office alone. “The brutal truth is, it’s going to take months before we can get the majority of Americans vaccinated,” Biden said Thursday. […]

Biden taps Rachel Levine, Pennsylvania’s top public health official, for federal post

BY: - January 19, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Pennsylvania’s top public health official for a cabinet-level post, the incoming administration said early Tuesday. Biden has named state Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine as his assistant health secretary, putting her on track to become the first openly transgender official to face confirmation by the U.S. Senate. The news was […]

Nursing home vaccine

7 Things You Need To Know About Louisiana’s COVID-19 Vaccine Plan

BY: - January 4, 2021

Louisiana is entering its fourth week of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, and the number of people who qualify for the first vaccine shot is tripling. An additional 640,000 people in Louisiana are now eligible to receive the first shot of the vaccines starting Monday (Jan. 4) — bringing the total number of people who are eligible […]

House petition case: Governor asks court to stop GOP from interfering

La. Supreme Court, citing procedural error, sends ‘Edwards v. House’ petition case back to district court

BY: - December 21, 2020

The Louisiana Supreme Court on Monday vacated a November ruling from a Baton Rouge Judge that said it was unconstitutional for the Louisiana House, by itself, to use a petition to end the governor’s COVID-19 restrictions. The court sent the case of Edwards v. House of Representatives, et al. back to Judge William Morvant in […]

Shorter quarantine available to school kids exposed to COVID-19

BY: - December 7, 2020

The Louisiana Department of Education on Monday adopted a new policy — based on guidance from the federal government — that allows those who may have been exposed to COVID-19 to shorten their quarantine period from 14 to 10 days. If the exposed person receives a negative COVID-19 test, the quarantine period can be reduced […]