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Open enrollment approaching

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is advising Louisiana families that the Open Enrollment period for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace is November 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. During the enrollment period individuals and families who do not receive healthcare through their employers can sign up through the online Health Insurance Marketplace and purchase individual […]

Donate smart and avoid charity scams

Nonprofit organizations and charities do extensive work to help people and fulfill their missions. When commercials, emails or direct mail pamphlets tug at the heartstrings, it’s understandable to want to help as quickly as possible. But just as there are scores of legitimate organizations banking on the generosity of willing donors, so, too, are there […]

LDH urges continued efforts to prevent mosquito bites

The Department of Health continues to get reports of newly confirmed Zika and West Nile virus cases. Details of these cases are updated on the Department of Health’s website, Arboviral Surveillance Reports, and can be found here. State health officials have now confirmed 34 cases of Zika virus in Louisiana. Each of these cases are […]

Media, public both have agendas

News media as a whole has not done itself many favors in proving its impartiality or dedication to presenting facts. Consider NBC News and its purposeful mishandling of archived recordings of a Donald Trump interview from 2005. Everyone has heard (or heard of) the recording by now, in which Trump bragged about physically doing to […]

Will MACRA be a mess?

MACRA will be hitting Medicare soon and if a report on the overhaul is any indication of how the program will work, it will negatively affect medical providers and patients. An Associated Press report released Friday stated compensation for medical professionals will start taking into account the quality of service, not just quantity. MACRA creates […]

Down Syndrome myths debunked

October is a month that serves as the national awareness month for many issues, diseases and conditions, and one of the most misunderstood disorders in the US is Down syndrome. Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder that is caused by an error in cell division. When a person has Down syndrome, he or she has […]

Join the battle against breast cancer

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that as of its most recent data, 224,147 women were diagnosed with breast cancer while 41,150 succumbed to the disease. Cancer is a disease that claims millions of lives each year. The victims come from all walks of life – young and old; rich and poor; and from […]

Vote, but don’t hope

The third (and thankfully final) presidential debate is scheduled for Oct. 19, but if the previous two debates are any indication, there will only be more catty behavior and smart remarks. In perhaps some of the worst presidential debates this country has ever seen, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have not given us clear, detailed […]

Hiring, better pay draw more into job hunt

Drawn by steady hiring and slightly higher pay, more Americans began looking for work in September, a sign of renewed optimism about the U.S. job market. The influx of job seekers sent the unemployment rate up slightly as more Americans were counted as unemployed. Taken as a whole, Friday’s jobs report from the government painted […]

Simple fire prevention measures maximize safety

According to the National Fire Protection Association, most people have a false sense of security regarding house fires, believing that they would have approximately six minutes to evacuate their home in the event of a fire. In reality, smoke and fire spread rapidly and can overcome occupants in less than three minutes. October is National […]

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