Healthy Louisiana

Medicaid Expansion is now a reality in Louisiana. July 1, 2016 marked the first day that adults who have enrolled in expanded income eligibility requirements for Medicaid were able to start using their new coverage to pay for care. On his first full day in office last January, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed an executive order to make Medicaid available to more than 375,000 adults living in Louisiana who previously did not qualify for coverage.

Beat the Heat

With soaring temperatures, there are dangers from excessive heat. Exposure to extreme heat and sun for even a short time can lead to heat-related illness. The very young and the elderly most vulnerable. Be smart and take precautions.

What is Zika virus?

Zika virus is an infectious disease spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms are fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week.

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Recent News
July 26, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, will be in Lafayette on Wednesday, July 27 to help promote enrollment in Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
July 25, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, will be in Lake Charles on Tuesday, July 26 to help promote enrollment in Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
July 22, 2016
Dr. Rebekah Gee, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health, will be in Hammond on Monday, July 25 to help promote enrollment in Healthy Louisiana, the state’s expanded Medicaid program.
July 21, 2016
The Louisiana Department of Health has received confirmation of one additional case of Zika virus. The patient had travelled to a region with ongoing Zika transmission and sought medical care in Louisiana after returning, where tests confirmed the viral infection.
July 19, 2016
Are you interested in learning more about the health of your community or a researcher looking for health data? A new site developed by the Department of Health can provide you with information like the number of uninsured Louisianans, the rates of those with chronic illnesses or obesity, environmental statistics and even which communities have access to healthy foods.
July 18, 2016
The Department of Health announced the latest figures Friday, saying 2,500 people per day on average have signed up for coverage since enrollment opened in June. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee praised the numbers saying those families “can sleep more soundly at night knowing their loved ones have coverage.”