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6:04 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollments Surge In The Final Six Weeks

Louisiana's enrollments in the Affordable Care Act surged by 55,000 in the final six weeks of enrollment.
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More than 55,000 Louisiana residents enrolled for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in the last six weeks of the enrollment process. That brings the total to almost 102,000, the Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday.

Federal officials had set a goal of 94,000 enrollees for Louisiana.

WRKF
4:07 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

What Makes Alzheimer's Respite Center Award-Winning

Barbara Auten, Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area, says "patient-centered care" is the key to the success of Charlie's Place in Baton Rouge.

Barbara Auten, Director of Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area

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WRKF
3:02 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Attempt to Put Medicaid Expansion on the Ballot Fails

Supporters of Medicaid expansion gather on the state capitol steps. April 23, 2014.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 5:41 pm

At the conclusion of nearly five hours of emotional testimony, Senate Health and Welfare Committee Chairman David Heitmeier read the names of those weighing in on Senator Ben Nevers’ bill. The proposal would have put a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act before voters in Louisiana.

“You’ve got a lot of support here, Sen. Nevers," Heitmeier said.

But Nevers didn’t have the support of the committee. His bill was stopped on a 6 to 2 vote that fell along party lines.


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Latest News
5:19 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

New Orleans Children's Hospital Says Fungus Did Not Cause Any Deaths

The New Orleans Childrens' Hospital said Thursday that a deadly fungus was not the cause of death for five child patients at the facility.
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Doctors and officials at New Orleans Children’s Hospital held a press conference Thursday afternoon to address questions related to the deaths of five children who died after contracting a deadly fungus transferred to them through contaminated linens.

The Medical Director for Children's Hospital, Dr. John Heaton, acknowledged that a fungal outbreak was detected at the hospital in 2008 and 2009, and he said “an alarm went off” when lesions were detected on at least two of the young patients who later died.

WRKF
4:22 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Colorectal Cancer Is The Second Leading Cause of Cancer Death In Louisiana

Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is one of the most curable of all the cancer diseases if caught early.

Dr. Barfield

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Science & Health
4:58 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Why The Doctor's Always Late

Dr. Gearhart and Catrena Drake update the day's appointments, marking which patients have arrived and which patients are still waiting to be seen. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 1:51 pm

Patients wait an average of about 20 minutes at doctors’ offices, according to national data from healthcare consultants. It’s a major annoyance for patients who are stuck leafing through dated magazines, and worrying about work piling up on their desks.

What’s the hold-up? What’s happening behind that waiting room door?

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Affordable Care Act
5:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Last-Minute Surge Of Signups For Affordable Care Act In Louisiana

Louisiana health advocates reported a surge in interest in signing up for the Affordable Care Act before the deadline.
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Increased last-hour interest and problems with the healthcare.gov website slowed the process of signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act in Louisiana.

Website problems led staffers at the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation to start using the telephone to sign up applicants. That organization serves the Vietnamese community in New Orleans East.

That was also time-consuming, with calls lasting up to two hours.

Louisiana News
3:03 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Affordable Care Act's Open Enrollment Deadline Is March 31

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline Looms

The window is fast closing on the open enrollment period to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to purchase insurance through the federal Healthcare Marketplace is Monday, March 31.

WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with Doug Wilkinson, state coordinator with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, LHEC, about the approaching deadline.

Federal site to sign up and purchase healthcare coverage — www.healthcare.gov

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WRKF
4:01 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Forced Charity: LSU Hospital System Makeover

Baton Rouge General Mid City

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 10:27 am

It’s been nearly a year since the state started implementing public-private partnerships for the LSU Hospital System, formerly known as Louisiana’s Charity Hospitals. The plan was pushed as a cost-saver for the state. How is it working out? Good for some and not so good for others—with patients and hospital caregivers caught in the middle.

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Science & Health
2:58 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Colon Health Fair At WJMC Focused On Education And Prevention

Kelly McDermott, GI/Endoscopy nurse at West Jefferson Medical Center, guided visitors through an interactive colon cancer exhibit on Monday.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

A giant inflatable colon took over a conference room at West Jefferson Medical Center on Monday, the centerpiece of the hospital’s annual Colon Health Fair — an event dedicated to providing information on the risks and causes of, and treatments for, colon cancer.

Kelly McDermott, a GI/Endoscopy nurse at West Jeff for 27 years, guided me through the mockup, which detailed the various stages of a healthy colon’s progression into full-blown cancer.

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