health care

WRKF
5:39 pm
Mon March 2, 2015

Urgent Care Not Emergency Care

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 10:11 am

After the nearby charity hospital, Earl K. Long, was shut down, Baton Rouge General’s Mid-City Emergency Room took on more patients. And, in 2013, LSU Health’s Urgent Care Clinic in North Baton Rouge opened. But, the sign on the urgent care clinic’s door reads, “NO EMERGENCY ROOM.”

Read more
WRKF
3:44 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

With No Mid-City ER, Ambulances to Hurry Farther

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 10:13 am

Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary sits on the northern edge of East Baton Rouge Parish. Ochsner on O’Neal Lane and Our Lady of the Lake on Essen are both about 20 miles to the south.  

There will be no emergency room in between once Baton Rouge General at Mid City closes their ER sometime between April and May.  That means ambulances will have farther to travel. 

Read more
WRKF
3:41 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Baton Rouge General Hosts Health Insurance Navigators

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 10:16 am

For the first time, Baton Rouge General Medical Center is hosting insurance navigators, trained to offer assistance to anyone who wants to buy health care coverage through the federal marketplace, which is now in its second year.


Read more
Northshore Focus
4:00 am
Wed December 3, 2014

Covington Food Bank Reaches Out Through Dental Clinic

The Covington Food Bank's dental clinic served about 900 people in 2014.
Credit Tegan Wendland / WWNO

When you are down on your luck in Louisiana, dental care can be hard to come by. Medicare doesn’t cover it for adults, so many low-income people have to rely on volunteer dentists and special clinics that often have long waitlists. In Covington, the Food Bank has made helping these people a priority.

The Food Bank provides food for those in need, but they also have a thrift store, an emergency assistance center and a dental clinic. They call these their “core ministries,” and hope the services target the community’s primary needs.

Read more
WRKF
3:50 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Premiums Go Up, So Might Enrollment

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:45 am

It’s that time of year — the open enrollment period for health plans.

In the second year of insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act, premiums in Louisiana, as elsewhere, will be higher on average.

“And there are some understandable reasons for that," said Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. The No. 1 reason is that insurers can no longer turn away people with pre-existing conditions. "They have to take all comers."


Read more
WRKF
3:01 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Obamacare Pros and Cons at Play in Senate Runoff

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 9:21 pm

With a battle cry of “Repeal Obamacare”, Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate earlier this month. Wrangling in Washington over when—or if—to actually act on that campaign promise is part of the backdrop to Louisiana’s Senate runoff.


Read more
Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Out To Lunch: Bio Bayou

Gene D'Amour and Warner Thomas.
Credit Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

There are a number of New Orleans businesses that are as much a part of the unique vocabulary of New Orleanians as "muffuletta" and "poboy." Some of them — like K&B and Schwegmans  — are in the "aint dere no more" category. One New Orleans institution that is still here is what we call either "Oxner" or "Oshner." However you say it, everybody in New Orleans knows what you mean. Its real title is Ochsner Health System.

Read more
WRKF
2:07 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

On the Ballot: Tying Up Hospital Funding

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 3:49 am

Should Louisiana hospitals be guaranteed a set amount of state health care funding—if they put up part of the money themselves? That’s what Constitutional Amendment 2 on Tuesday’s ballot is asking voters to decide.

Read more
Out To Lunch
1:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Out To Lunch: Health 'N Ed

Peter Ricchiuti, Caroline Roemer Shirley and Lena Sendik.
Credit Cheryl DalPozzal / It's New Orleans

Whatever era of boom or bust we’re in, it seems we never stop working on healthcare, or on education.

Locally, in education, New Orleans is the only city in the United States where 100 percent of our public schools are charter schools. What started out as a post-Katrina experiment has become a nationwide trend setting model. The Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools, Caroline Roemer Shirley, explains the revolutionary new business model to Peter Ricchiuti on this episode of Out to Lunch.

Read more
WRKF
4:19 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Along with Better Traffic Flow, Better Healthcare Flow

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 10:17 am

Between Essen, Bluebonnet, Perkins and I-10 in Baton Rouge, there’s a whole bunch of health clinics and medical facilities – including Our Lady of the Lake Hospital, Baton Rouge General, The Baton Rouge Clinic, and Pennington Biomedical. 

Chances are you'll get stuck in traffic when you drive through that corridor. 

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation has set out to address that problem by creating a new Health District that would not only mean you sit through fewer traffic lights, but that health care is delivered more efficiently. 

Read more

Pages