Health Center News

After Katrina, Lousiana Rebuilds Health Care

The building blocks of an affordable primary health care infrastructure in Louisiana are finally being laid with the handover of a $41,500,000 dollar check to the Lousiana Primary Care Association. The funds will boost availability of primary care health services to the state’s ranks of uninsured and medically underserved people– especially in communities in and around Katrina’s footprint– through federally supported Community Health Centers. Health centers have already played a key role in providing preventive and primary health services to low income and chronically ill people in the immediate aftermath of the massive storm. With the Charity Hospital system effectively broken after Katrina, health centers now have the resources to provide Lousianians with a health care home, no matter their insurance status or ability to pay. Check out the press release.