Friday, May 24 2013 8:09 PM EDT2013-05-25 00:09:02 GMT
Biomedical Research Foundation has decided to move forward with a plan to operate and manage LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and other cities in Louisiana. More >>
Biomedical Research Foundation has decided to move forward with a plan to operate and manage LSU Hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, Louisiana.More >>
SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) -
Starting February 1st Medicaid will no longer cover hospice care in Louisiana.
When doctors diagnosed Odie Harris with cancer his family and friends did everything they could to support him, love him, and help make his dreams come true. In January 2011 he became an honorary Young Marine during an assembly at his school. Everyone at the assembly hoped he would get well enough to attend the training later.
However, he didn't get better. He got worse, and a few months later his family had to turn to hospice care.
"It's a scary thing. Nobody wants to deal with hospice. Nobody wants to be at that place," said Odie's mother, Lori Harris.
Over the next 2 months Harris was thankful for the care they gave her son to make the last weeks of his life more comfortable.
Medicaid paid for the care, but starting next month it won't cover hospice any more in Louisiana. It's part of the state's budget cuts. The changes do not effect Medicare.
Hospice care givers actually think it will end up costing more.
"These individuals have to go somewhere. The cost of a hospital stay will dramatically increase versus having hospice care at home," said Sarita Park at Jordan's Crossing Hospice Care.
Harris says she doesn't care about the cost. For her it's about the patient.
"It's usually not long term. The expense is not huge, but the quality they have in those last days, there's no price. It's priceless," she said.
Hospice care supporters plan to rally at the Louisiana State Capitol in Baton Rouge next Wednesday, January 23rd.
Friday, May 24 2013 10:59 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:59:20 GMT
(CNN) – Brad Pitt has become one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood the last two decades. But the actor said recognizing other people's faces has always been a problem. In an Esquire interview,More >>
In an Esquire interview, Brad Pitt said he was convinced he suffered from "face blindness."More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:24 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:24:18 GMT
Concealed weapon permits are popular certain parts of Louisiana, though some of locations may surprise you. Louisiana Department of Public Safety officials gave a report to state legislators detailingMore >>
Concealed weapon permits are popular in certain parts of Louisiana, though some locations may surprise you.More >>
Dan Sligh and his wife were in their pickup truck on Interstate 5 heading to a camping trip when a bridge before them disappeared in a "big puff of dust."More >>
The trucker was hauling drilling equipment when his load bumped against the steel framework over an Interstate 5 bridge. He looked in his rearview mirror and watched in horror as the span collapsed into the water behind him....More >>