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4-29-14 10:35am Garland: on healthcare in Louisiana

Apr 29, 2014|

Garland talks with Susan Todd of 504Healthnet and Greg Feirn of LCMC Health about what more can be done about healthcare in Louisiana.

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Got a contrasts. With the Medicare and Medicaid. Obamacare. I figured that most everybody was covered -- walk as in this country in some form of the ocean. Could have been more wrong there's a group called the greater New Orleans community health connection. Didn't care and you'd never. Serves about it being 3000. People apparently -- route -- job and in Oakland -- correctly of their of their running out of money. We've got represented to witness at this point and tell him we have as Susan top executive director of viable for -- net. -- or an old C and C helped president and CEO Susan -- welcome. Thank you. -- -- Us and -- you get an idea what greater New Orleans community health connection unions. And what they do. Great says that. Community action and CNN at siege he. -- -- view -- as lucky. On me. And provide primary permanent and then on average to residents in order -- and -- and synchronized actions. I -- the other line and they actually are. Callable at 100% and the federal poverty level -- talk. About our are working -- community waitresses munition people working minimum wage job. As an individual make less than about 111600. Dollars a year. And they're patient they're. Program. -- goes to a network at eighteen at community health care and operate 41. And the department incredibly important for any individual -- get access high quality primary care and mental apartment. And all this has been this incredibly great network of community. And 111600. Dollars that didn't qualify you for a bomb here. Correct and that actually in the amount there aren't regular use it all considered think that you that you make me laugh. And what you. Need to make the eligible for subsidies through all these portable air act or the marketplace sort them on -- on obamacare. You're making more and what you need to make or traditional Medicaid. They're calling into the act of care you don't necessarily have a portable access to insurance -- and that the program which has been operating there aren't. -- help people get -- I'll have a better otherwise uninsured and don't have new access to coverage. And -- mr. -- if I understand correctly your company's. Runs the general Milledge -- hospital. And its clinics. Which participated in okay. That is accurate. It's part of this traveled for help that organization which. Really brings together. That network of clinics that its leaders there's 52 different clinic sites it's. It's a network of of health care providers unlike. Really any network across the country. This is the parent company -- the term acute hospitals. The clinics treat we operate two clinics specifically here part of that network. And note that clinic. Provides services to -- in -- patients. And but we're and where does the funding come from. Wire you ruling out nothing cure your running out of money by August that thing to need nine million where were you funded and was running out. The original and it -- -- community development block screen are invited what's considered a portion of this program. And -- Me and on our leverage additional federal funding for the program and so what -- essentially. Nine million dollars in the -- the leverage additional federal dollars to continue this program. And that Republican. Funding in August and the reason it is because there regional. Capital three years and thought that it program. And Kyra looking for funding to continue that Israel. Next here and right now looking at it that. -- typically here -- -- Nine million to get it in July and next year. We're hoping port continued support we like to continue her long as possible and and beyond July of next year. Incredibly important to sustaining our network of high quality clinics in all the clinics operate. With electronic medical records which means being currently after the technology -- pay attention equality. In these are partners operate in your community and really provide. Care to. Care. All right let's elect our first break. When we come back to readjust or and his if you thought you'd heard everything and health care you may be like yeah Ian maybe never something. Affectionately called Nokia should greater New Orleans community health connection. Very successful boom everything I'm reading and hearing. 53000. People will provide -- for. And -- room in Brooklyn Heights and a regency -- and he used that says if this doesn't continue and we're gonna level a premature but emergency rooms which is going to cost a lot of money. -- figure -- That this organization. Save roughly 59 million dollars a year in medical cause. They're government shutdown and August. Because they need nothing million dollars to get going let's come back better understand when we come back though but a deal. -- seventy you know more than five to Rea. -- better organization better news from everything a rigid in here and very instrumental. In and help care. For those who can reported in this region its aggression or New Orleans community health connections apart remember correctly they're gonna money and August. And they help 53000. People. And again and rhythms and Portland's. It's was. June here's an estimate. That nearly 97000. Yearly visits paid for. By the call Nokia save roughly that -- nine million dollars year and calls and they need nine million. -- -- Representatives on the show Greg earned. LC MC -- presidency notes Susan -- Specter director. Viable for Health Net. Note -- -- about a daughters of charity or they linked to. -- -- -- The charity is is one. The providers in this network Saturday. Are people who are involved in in Tennessee here are new tee and they are are rightly got an eighteen different. -- and all provide care across the greater on the region and the -- All right in and I've read there's there's a newly opened sooner -- New Orleans east. And about 40% of those patients or covered by -- okay that's the kind of senator that threatened right. Exactly. You know a lot of these scanners all -- patients regardless and the ability to Taylor and -- -- kept concern that well and Angel. Without this program you're gonna eat eat eat -- 3000 people suddenly the uninsured. And then when that happened that -- backs the ability of these clinics could be able hurry to keep their doors events -- guide. Visit and provide services and care and we don't have that in his speech he -- -- accept or. -- -- 3000 people were enrolled in the program and all that other people may not be enrolled in the program but you're -- -- -- -- -- Rick one born of good things us whose money you. Either if -- get -- continued program. Is gonna have come from the local level what was that -- New Orleans or metro area or one. I think it is. It means there needs to be support that the local local level I think we -- we saw that more recently with the support from representatives. -- -- oh and bullish day. There has been some money. Although. Not yet put and HB one to help fund the program. And it's something that it's the season alluded to use -- real important here is that this this program. Fund's primary care. Order you may refer to it as preventive care to the extent that these individuals are getting proper. Preventive care and ultimately. Keeps them. From having to utilized. Emergency programs. Which is much more costly and that's where a lot of the savings content. So you know whether it's. Interim analyses. -- structure daughters of chaired the for the entire Bible for Health Net. Network -- clinics the the real important here's the fact that this is is providing primary and preventive care to individuals who would who would other -- why does not have access. Pulled up to you of bubble for health -- web site and a revealing New Orleans region without no Q would lose 26 million dollars annually for primary care you're talking about it and Hebrew well. Words do Louisiana -- 159 million dollar increase in health care costs. Patients would be portions local yours from non emergency care. And so on through a non employees could lose their -- this is other four bureau Greg or Susan. When you say to legislate tours or to local mayors whoever is -- is funding. This is what you can lose. If we don't get not a million. You'll lose 26. And CNN crew used a fifty non. Or would they tell. EE I haven't had specific conversations with the legislators I think today. You know one they recognize it is the deal overall complexities of the state budget they recognize. The potentially increasing cost that the do you think there's a number of folks out there are three that it mentioned -- senator I admire war. We're focused on the program and where we're all working to too. Try to come up with solutions. Recognizing the importance -- the program. Well it certainly looks like you're productive and have the clothes stores that and organs will -- parliament. Greg Susan I appreciated the call in the information and -- -- -- about should forge and very much have a good day and good electorate. Thank you thank you thank. -- --