Louisiana

8:45am

Wed June 26, 2013
Local

Pew report director on dentist shortage: 'Louisiana is in trouble'

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 through the Medicaid program with the July 1 start of the new fiscal year.

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7:35am

Tue April 30, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Louisiana's public school textbooks trace back to Huey Long's politics

It's Law Week in Shreveport-Bossier. Commentator Gary Joiner has a profile of a Winnfield, La., native who started practicing law at the tender age of 21, and went on to espouse public education during his political tenure.

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10:01am

Wed April 3, 2013
Local

Report says thousands of Louisianans could qualify for insurance subsidies

A new report estimates that nearly 353,000 Louisianans will be eligible for federal subsidies to offset the cost of a health insurance premium, making coverage affordable for lower-income families when the new health care law takes effect next year. But the head of the Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition finds that many residents don’t understand how these "premium tax credits" work. Moriba Karamoko said even the word “tax” in the name has a very chilling effect.

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9:03am

Tue January 29, 2013
Commentary

History Matters: Keep the memory of Louisiana's ghost towns alive

Commentator Gary Joiner explores abandoned towns -- from Rum Center to Fischer -- and explains why their history matters.

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7:35am

Tue December 4, 2012
Commentary

History Matters: On Louisiana's lottery madness

Commentator Gary Joiner take an historic look at the lottery in Louisiana.

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