Governor Edwards signs legislation aimed to reduce prescription drug prices
Posted on 5/31/2018 2:00:00 PM.

The governor is signing legislation by New Iberia Senator Fred Mills that’s aimed at pushing down drug prices by requiring prescription benefit plans (that prescription card in your wallet) inform consumers when they get rebates from drug manufactures. Mills says before, your drug plan could hide those rebates and pocket money that should have been going back to you. 
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Governor John Bel Edwards, prescription drugs, Medicaid

State leaders spar over the Governor's decision to mail program cancellation letters
Posted on 5/15/2018 10:58:00 AM.
The Edwards administration and GOP legislators continue to exchange barbs over the decision to mail cancellation warnings to 37,000 Medicaid patients. Lafayette Republican Nancy Landry blamed the Medicaid budget cuts on John Bel Edwards.
Medicaid, State Budget Cuts, Nancy Laundry, Governor John Bel Edwards

Republican legislators respond to Medicaid warning letters over potential state cuts
Posted on 5/9/2018 3:23:00 PM.

37,000 letters are being mailed out to recipients of four Medicaid programs that reads “Because of possible budget cuts, these programs may end as of July 1, 2018.” 20,000 of those recipients are nursing home residents who could be thrown out as a result. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne says after multiple failed attempts to fund the programs, people need to start preparing for the worst.

"We don't want to be doing this, obviously. We've waited for as long as we possible could but we feel that it's appropriate and necessary to forewarn these recipients of what may be coming," Dardenne said.
 
But many Republicans balk at the released letters.
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Jay Dardenne, John Bel Edwards, Medicaid, Dodie Horton, budget cuts Danny Martiny

37,000 warning letters to disabled & elderly Medicaid recipients of possible elimination
Posted on 5/9/2018 2:46:00 PM.

The state will send out letters tomorrow to 37,000 elderly and disabled people, warning them the Medicaid programs which pay for their care could be eliminated on July 1st. It’s possible that legislators will approve funding to avoid the cut, but Louisiana Health Secretary Doctor Rebekah Gee (pictured center) didn’t want to take that chance.

“It would be unfair, in the wake of all of the inaction, to wait any longer. We need people to have a chance to see what other options they have and what they will need to do to make plans,” Gee said.
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Medicaid, state budget cuts, disabled & elderly recipients, Jay Dardenne

House committee to hear Medicaid co-pay legislation
Posted on 2/22/2018 3:00:00 AM.
A House committee is expected today to hear Jonesboro Representative Jack McFarland’s legislation that would require Medicaid patients to pay a copay if they use an emergency room for non-emergency treatment. McFarland says the bill is an attempt to stop Medicaid patients from using the ER for a common cold or minor medical issues.

"The provider would know exactly where to tell this individual where to go if they can't pay the copay.  If the can pay the copay, they can stay right there in the emergency room. 
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Medicaid, Jack McFarland, Haley Sauicer

Audit finds state paid $718,000 to deceased Medicaid recipients over 4 years
Posted on 12/4/2017 1:52:00 PM.
The Department of Health has gotten better about erroneously making Medicaid payments to deceased recipients over the last four years, but still has work to do. A new report from the state’s Legislative Auditor found LDH made nearly $718,000 in improper payments between July 2013 and August 2017.
Medicaid, Chris Magee, Legislative Auditor's Office, improper payments

Sen Kennedy proposes work requirement for Medicaid recipients
Posted on 7/27/2017 4:04:00 AM.

U.S. Senator John Kennedy proposes a new federal health care law should require abled bodied adults without children to work in order to receive Medicaid. That’s one of several amendments Kennedy filed as the debate continues over an effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
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John Kennedy, Medicaid, healthcare, Affordable Care Act

Louisiana recognized for being tough on Medicaid fraud
Posted on 6/8/2017 12:13:00 PM.

The Trump Administration recognizes Louisiana as one of the toughest states on fighting Medicaid fraud. Chief of Staff with the Louisiana Department of Health Andrew Tuozzolo says they’re doing everything they can to prevent, detect, and prosecute fraud. The US Inspector General reviewed 225 cases of suspected fraud in Louisiana.
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Andrew Tuozzolo, Medicaid, fraud, LDH

Gov Edwards calls on delegation to oppose President Trump's proposed budget
Posted on 5/24/2017 10:40:00 AM.

Governor John Bel Edwards is calling on the Louisiana congressional delegation to oppose President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year that begins October 1. The governor’s communications director Richard Carbo says they’re disappointed the budget repeals the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, which entitles Louisiana to a portion of offshore drilling revenue for oil leases.
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Richard Carbo, John Bel Edwards, budget, medicaid, coastal restoration

Newly released inmates getting access to healthcare coverage
Posted on 3/1/2017 4:17:00 PM.

The Department of Corrections and the Louisiana Department of Health are teaming up to get health coverage for newly released inmates. DOC Medical Director Dr. Raman Singh says they are helping incarcerated inmates enroll in Medicaid so that once they are released, they can continue to receive the care they need.
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Raman Singh, DOC, LDH, Medicaid, inmates

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