health care

WRKF
1:48 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

The Medicaid Waiver Waiting Game


Last year, groups advocating for Louisianians with developmental disabilities sought and won an expansion of supports through Medicaid waivers. But when mid-year cuts to the state budget were enacted, those waiver slots were frozen. Rhiannon Traigle is one of many parents asking the legislature to lift the freeze.

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WRKF
1:46 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Out of Prison, Counseling Keeps Mental Health in Check

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 7:51 am

While Chiffonda Hampton was serving three years in East Baton Rouge Parish Prison, she met Tonja Myles, a Peer Support Specialist with Capital Area Human Services. Myles was offering wellness classes to inmates with mental illness. Those classes taught Hampton how to cope with the anger of being abused as a child and basic life skills she had never learned before. Now that Hampton is out of prison, she continues to check in with Myles at CAHS.

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WRKF
3:01 am
Mon March 30, 2015

“Crystal Ball”: Health Care Funding Future Unclear

“Is your hospital next?” asked a sign prominently displayed during a February 11 rally on the state Capitol steps, protesting the planned closure of Baton Rouge General’s Mid-City Emergency Room. With that ER shutting down tomorrow—an unintended consequence of privatizing Louisiana’s charity hospital system—it’s a question that continues to trouble Baton Rouge Rep. Patricia Smith.

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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.”

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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. 

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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.


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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.

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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."


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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.


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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.

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