health care en Women Stage Protest At Hobby Lobby In Elmwood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the weekend, locals staged a protest at the new Hobby Lobby in Elmwood in reaction to the recent Supreme Court decision. The court upheld the company's right to refuse to cover certain forms of birth control.</span></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Janaya Williams 64362 at In Clinical Trials, Minorities More Likely to Feel Like Guinea Pigs Dr. Charles Wood, now a radiation oncologist at the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, thought he was communicating well with all his patients while in training in Philadelphia a decade ago. But he found that twice as many non-white than white patients there believed they'd been treated in a clinical trial unknowingly.<p><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p> Sun, 13 Jul 2014 23:44:00 +0000 Susan Hidalgo-Smith 64361 at Admitting Privilege Rules for Louisiana Abortion Providers Signed into Law <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Doctors providing abortions in Louisiana will need admitting privileges at a nearby hospital according to a <a href="" target="_blank">law </a>signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal&#160;Thursday.&#160;<p>Supporters of Louisiana’s new law say it’s aimed at protecting a woman in the event something goes wrong with an abortion. &#160;<p>Advocates for access say the requirements could lead to the closure of all the clinics providing abortions in Louisiana, except for two in north Louisiana whose doctors already have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals.&#160;<p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:58:00 +0000 Amy Jeffries 62371 at Senate Committee May Green-Light Two Louisiana VA Medical Clinics <p>Louisiana will get another crack at green-lighting two long-delayed Veterans Affairs medical clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles, the Advocate is reporting.</p><p><br />A bill by Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders will get a hearing in the US Senate on Thursday. The bill would authorize the VA to lease space for 27 clinics nationwide, including the two in Louisiana.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:57:59 +0000 Janaya Williams 61906 at To Visit A Doctor, New Orleans Veterans Wait... And Wait <p>Bad news for veterans in the New Orleans VA system: The average wait time for a new patient is 38.3 days, putting it among the 20 worst in the country, WWL-TV is reporting.<br /><br />Less than 30 percent of new patients at in the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System see a doctor within two weeks of seeking care. Two weeks is the target set by the Veterans Administration.<br /><br />The data was obtained by USA Today under a Freedom of Information Act request, and covers the period from October 2013 through March 2014.</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 20:59:25 +0000 Janaya Williams 61725 at A Doctor Without Borders Calls New Orleans Home War brings countless injuries to the human condition. One of the most devastating consequences of conflict is disruption of basic medical services. These days it seems there are more and more stories on the radio and in newspapers about brave medical teams going into war-torn areas to treat the wounded and the needy.</span></span><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Sharon Litwin 61653 at New Orleans Works — Training People For Careers <p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">New Orleans Works (NOW) is a workforce collaborative focused on building partnerships between employers, trainers, educators and workers to connect low-skilled workers to jobs that provide immediate economic security, and also prepare workers for professional growth and a focused career path.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: Times;">&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 12:45:00 +0000 Eve Abrams 60952 at Louisiana Senate Approves House Abortion-Restriction Bill <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper left" data-caption="" data-attribution="" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;</span>With a 34 to 3 vote, the full Senate has approved HB 388, requiring doctors who perform any abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.<p>“There are parts of the state where there is no hospital within 30 miles, period,” protested New Orleans Senator J.P. Morrell. “That would make it impossible for there to be procedures done in rural areas.”<p> Thu, 15 May 2014 08:02:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 60747 at Feds Give LSU Hospital Deals Thumbs Down <a href="" class="asset-audio"></a><img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols explains turn down of LSU hospitals deals." data-attribution="Credit Sue Lincoln" typeof="foaf:Image" src="" alt="" /><p>Louisiana got some bad news from the federal Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) late last Friday. CMS says “no deal” on six of the LSU hospital public-private partnerships.<p>“I don’t know what their issue is, but it appears that the basis for the denial is related to the means of financing—specifically as it relates to the advance lease payments,” Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told the House Appropriations committee Monday.<p> Tue, 06 May 2014 08:03:00 +0000 Sue Lincoln 60136 at Jindal Administration Won't Scrap Hospital Privatization Model <p>Governor Bobby Jindal's chief budget adviser says the administration won't reverse course on the privatization of state-owned hospitals that care for the poor and uninsured.</p><p><br />Federal officials have rejected the financing plans to pay for most of the privatization contracts. But Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols told lawmakers today that the denial won't force an adjustment in the health care model.</p> Mon, 05 May 2014 21:06:38 +0000 Associated Press 60099 at