health care

For the past few weeks, the culinary arts students at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, R.I., have been working with some less-than-seasoned sous chefs. One of them, Clinton Piper, may look like a pro in his chef's whites, but he's struggling to work a whisk through some batter. "I know nothing about baking," he says. Luckily, he's got other qualifications. Piper is a fourth-year medical student at Tulane University School of Medicine , and he's here for a short rotation through a new...

Two nonprofits based in Lafayette, La.,and Lufkin, Texas,are among more than 120 to receive a one-year federal grant to help people shop for health insurance premiums and understand their subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. That grant is to train and hire full-time "navigators" who provide in-person education and enrollment assistance for the healthcare marketplace that opens Oct. 1. Brian Burton is directing the $1.3 million navigator grant for the consortium of Area Health Education...

Families USA, the Washington-based health care consumer advocacy group, says more than 353,000 Louisianans will be eligible for financial assistance to purchase premiums through the new health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. What’s more, according to executive director Ron Pollack, nearly 2 million Louisianans with pre-existing conditions won’t be denied coverage or charged higher premiums due to their health ailments. "Things like asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure,...

Hey New Orleans, let's talk about local news! Question of the Week The Listening Post Questions for September 5 - 19 What was the last big health issue you or your family had? How/Where did you get help? How much did it cost, and how did you pay for it? If you’d like to voice your opinion on these questions in person, drop by our listening post devices at the Norman Mayer Library (3001 Gentilly Blvd.) and HeadQuarters Barbershop (1101 N. Broad St.). The Listening Post project seeks to...

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Louisiana politicians, including Governor Bobby Jindal , continue to resist all programs associated with the Affordable Care Act , which is scheduled to go into full effect in 2014. The Act would require everyone in the US to have health insurance and would also open new avenues for becoming insured. The City of New Orleans is already preparing for the Act to move forward with a campaign to get people enrolled in the online Health Insurance Marketplace . Political controversy has not deterred...

Since 2009, Louisiana and seven other states have been using a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to make Medicaid more accessible to those who are eligible.

Last month the Obama Administration pushed back the employee mandate under the Affordable Care Act by one year. Employers with 50 or more full-time workers now have until 2015 to either provide their workers with health insurance or face a penalty. In states that are expanding Medicaid as part of the the new health law’s roll-out, businesses have more flexibility in deciding how to make sure their workers are covered. And though Louisiana is not participating, proponents of expanding Medicaid in the state see the delay of the employer mandate as a chance to rally some small business support.

More than a thousand people are expected to get free medical care today from a non-profit setting up at the Convention Center. It was moved up earlier than usual this year because of the Essence Festival.

More than a thousand people without health insurance are expected to attend a free one-day clinic in New Orleans next week. It’s the fourth visit to the city by a national nonprofit since Hurricane Katrina.

A new report finds that Louisiana has the second worst dentist shortage in the nation. Because of this, many residents are not getting adequate dental care, especially children and people who live in rural areas. The Pew Charitable Trusts examined the lack of access to dental care nationwide. The findings revealed a scarcity of dentists who participate in Medicaid. In Louisiana, the report comes as the state Department of Health and Hospitals is slashing reimbursement rates paid to dentists...

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