The expanded Medicaid program begins today, and many Louisianans now have health insurance for the first time. Halen Doughty has more…
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The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is giving out tips in the event of an alligator encounter. Emelie Gunn has more on how to stay safe…
Able-bodied food stamp recipients without dependents who do not work or go to school will now be required to participate in job training programs because of an executive order that goes into effect today. Halen Doughty has more…
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The state’s newly expanded Medicaid program goes into effect today, and the Louisiana Department of Health says some people may be able to see a doctor for the first time in their lives. Secretary Rebekah Gee says the expansion will improve health outcomes for Louisiana residents.
Gee says people who have not already enrolled can do so at healthy.la.gov. She says this expansion means more people will have access to cancer screenings, medication, and primary care physicians. She says it changes the dynamic of the insured population in Louisiana.
Gee says the expansion also has a lot of economic benefits for the state, including bringing more federal tax dollars to Louisiana and boosting revenue at hospitals and clinics.
Summer is upon us and many people will be out enjoying the water, so the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is giving out some tips on what to do in the event of an alligator encounter. LDWF Alligator Program Manager Edmond Mouton says whatever you do, don’t feed or approach alligators…
Mouton says use common sense if you see an alligator. He says if you see an alligator in an area that could pose a public safety hazard, call LDWF immediately because state law prohibits taking it into your own hands.
Mouton advises Louisiana residents to visit LA-gator-program-dot-com (LAgatorprogram.com) to learn more about what to do when encountering an alligator and the history of the reptile.
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Beginning today, able-bodied food stamp recipients without dependents will be required to participate in job-training if they do not work or go to school. DCFS Deputy Assistant Secretary, Sammy Guillory, says the requirement could be different on a case by case basis.
Guillory says this is the first statewide work initiative for SNAP recipients, as only five parishes had the requirement before the governor’s executive order. He says this requirement will help people who are able to transition off the assistance program.
Guillory says this new requirement will affect about 52-thousand food stamp recipients. He says not participating in the job training could have consequences for those who depend on the SNAP assistance.
Two people have been arrested in connection to the death of a Slidell man who was the victim of a deadly social media scheme. 28-year-old Terrance Calloway and 23-year-old Dana Lemar are charged with second degree murder and obstruction of justice. Slidell Police Chief Randy Smith says investigators used cell phone information to try and locate where the victim, 25-year-old Cordarlye Roberts, could be.”
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand says this started as a date that was intended to be a robbery. He says the victim met Lemar on Facebook, and they set up a date. He says Calloway and Lemar met up with Roberts in Slidell.
Normand says it’s dangerous to meet up with strangers you met online. He says you never know who you’re dealing with on the internet.