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Apr 7, 2010 6:07 PM by Melissa Canone

Public Meetings Held For Medicaid and LaCHIP

BATON ROUGE -The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals is holding events statewide, April 6-11, to educate those eligible for Medicaid and Louisiana Children's Health Insurance Program (LaCHIP) about their options and encourage Louisiana residents' participation.

Medicaid and LaCHIP representatives are canvassing communities across the state, especially in low-income neighborhoods, this week. Representatives are also hosting public events - from public meetings to enrollment events at libraries, pharmacies and businesses - to distribute applications, process enrollment forms, and answer questions about LaCHIP, the LaCHIP Affordable Plan and other Medicaid programs.

"Promoting participation in existing health care programs is crucial to our state's future," said DHH State Health Officer Dr. Jimmy Guidry. "Enrolling in programs like LaChip is the first step in a series of what we hope are long-term healthy practices. And the more we practice healthy behaviors and regular doctor visits when we're in good health, the less we will be forced to seek care later for preventable illnesses."

From February 2009 to February 2010, Louisiana's Medicaid population boomed from 1,064,996 to 1,136,661 due in part to aggressive outreach practices. More than 71,000 previously uninsured Louisiana residents now have access to health care and the chance for a healthier life.

A complete listing of DHH-sponsored events is below. Informational displays and enrollment sites will also be available to the public at various businesses and locations within their communities.

The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals strives to protect and promote health statewide and to ensure access to medical, preventive and rehabilitative services for all state citizens. To learn more about DHH, visit

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