Department of Health and Hospitals http://wwno.org en DHH Wants More Medicaid Privatization, Stakeholders Hesitant http://wwno.org/post/dhh-wants-more-medicaid-privatization-stakeholders-hesitant <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/11/110513_ManagedCare_AWFeature.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The state <a href="http://www.dhh.louisiana.gov/">Department of Health and Hospitals</a> is taking preliminary steps to further privatize Medicaid in Louisiana. In August, DHH released <a href="http://www.laddc.org/news/LaDDCNews8-30-2013.pdf">a concept paper</a> about reforms to long-term care for the developmentally disabled and low-income elderly.<p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:48:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 47198 at http://wwno.org State Continues WIC, Despite Federal Budget Battle http://wwno.org/post/state-continues-wic-despite-federal-budget-battle <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Louisiana will continue operating a nutrition program for more than 140,000 low-to moderate income women and children even though the federal government is in the midst of a partial shutdown.</p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 16:38:21 +0000 The Associated Press 45323 at http://wwno.org Child's Death Linked To Rare Amoeba http://wwno.org/post/childs-death-linked-rare-amoeba <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Federal and state health regulators have confirmed that a child, who died from encephalitis caused by a <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/naegleria/" target="_blank">rare amoeba</a>, contracted the illness while visiting a home in St. Bernard Parish.</p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 10:28:22 +0000 The Associated Press 43343 at http://wwno.org Making Medicaid More Accessible in Louisiana http://wwno.org/post/making-medicaid-more-accessible-louisiana <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/08/081513_MedicaidMaximizingEnrollment_AW2way_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Since 2009, Louisiana and seven other states have been using a <a href="http://www.maxenroll.org/files/maxenroll/resources/harnessing.technology.to.streamline.enrollment.pdf">grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation</a> to make Medicaid more accessible to those who are eligible.<p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:08:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 41812 at http://wwno.org DHH Secretary: Disability Services Still A Priority, Despite Funding Veto http://wwno.org/post/dhh-secretary-disability-services-still-priority-despite-funding-veto <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/07/072513_NOWWaiver2way_AW2way_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>At the close of the recent legislative session, Gov. Bobby Jindal vetoed additional funding to pay for services for the developmentally disabled.<p>Two weeks ago, an effort to override the veto failed.<p>The $3.9 million would have covered a partial year of comprehensive at-home disability services for an additional 200 people through what are called "New Opportunity Waivers".<p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 21:57:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 40333 at http://wwno.org Lawmakers Question If DHH's New Budget Saves http://wwno.org/post/lawmakers-question-if-dhhs-new-budget-saves Officials from the Department of Health and Hospitals were grilled Tuesday morning by the Appropriations Committee on how they plan to save money in the next fiscal year.<p>Among other cost-saving measures, the department’s $8.9 billion proposed budget calls for turning over a number of existing Medicaid services to private entities, and investing more in the Bayou Health reforms. Savings also hinge on the privatization of the LSU charity hospitals, although no official agreements have been made yet.<p>Many lawmakers were skeptical about whether the cuts were falling in the right places. Rep. Tue, 26 Mar 2013 19:41:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 32003 at http://wwno.org State Dept. of Health and Hospitals Says Employee Misused $800K http://wwno.org/post/state-dept-health-and-hospitals-says-employee-misused-800k <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">State health officials say more than $800,000 in public money allegedly has been misappropriated by a Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals employee.</p> Sat, 02 Mar 2013 16:21:39 +0000 The Associated Press 30408 at http://wwno.org Dept. of Health and Hospitals Proposed Budget Depends on Contingencies http://wwno.org/post/dept-health-and-hospitals-proposed-budget-depends-contingencies Gov. Bobby Jindal’s proposed $24.7 billion <a href="http://www.doa.louisiana.gov/opb/pub/ebsd.htm">state budget</a> for the next fiscal year seemingly leaves the state <a href="http://new.dhh.louisiana.gov/">Department of Health and Hospitals</a> relatively unscathed.<p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 20:06:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 29960 at http://wwno.org All About Efficiency: DHH Secretary On The Latest Round of Healthcare Cuts http://wwno.org/post/all-about-efficiency-dhh-secretary-latest-round-healthcare-cuts Almost $83 million in cuts to healthcare programs and services <a href="http://www.wrkf.org/post/medicaid-cuts-take-effect-friday">went into effect Friday</a> to shore up a mid-year deficit in the state budget. These are separate from a previous round of cuts made in July.<img class="asset-image" align="right" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wrkf/files/styles/card_280/public/201302/BruceGreensteinHR.JPG" alt="" /><p>The latest round of reductions includes cuts to services for at-risk children and low-income moms, as well as a one percent drop in the rate paid to hospitals and physicians for non-primary Medicaid services.&#160;<a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wrkf/audio/2013/02/020713_GreensteinHealthcareCuts_AW2way.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 17:49:00 +0000 Ashley Westerman 28804 at http://wwno.org State's Medicaid Contract Gains in Value http://wwno.org/post/states-medicaid-contract-gains-value <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">A $185 million multiyear contract with a company to take over the state's Medicaid claims processing is getting more lucrative.</p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:00:00 +0000 The Associated Press 26646 at http://wwno.org