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Special Report on Health Access Disparities

Disparities in access to healthcare across demographic groups has long been a subject of concern in public policy. A new report from the Louisiana Department of Health, the Special Report on Health Access Disparities, examines those differences based on data from over 8,500 Louisiana households surveyed in the Louisiana Health Insurance Survey. The report focuses on differences in access to healthcare in Louisiana across demographic groups and insurance plans – including those who are not insured.

Some key findings were:

  • Louisiana’s children fare better than adults both in terms of getting the care they need and access to providers.
  • In terms of race, white children are more likely to have health insurance coverage that meets their needs and that allows access to providers they need than Black children. Other races fare worse than Black children.
  • Those who do not have insurance are much less likely to have needs met and get access to the providers they need than Louisianans with any type of insurance.

Date: July 27, 2021

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Louisiana Health Insurance Survey

The Louisiana Health Insurance Survey provides the most detailed and accurate estimates of insurance coverage in Louisiana based on a survey of more than 8,500 households in the state. Relative to other estimates based on federal data, our survey benefits from state-specific question wording to minimize response error, as well as a statistical correction for Medicaid misreporting. The LHIS is a biennial survey sponsored by the state's Department of Health that we conduct in partnership with the LSU Public Policy Research Lab.

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Bayou Health Transparency Report

Act 212 of the 2013 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature requires the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) to submit annual reports concerning the Bayou Health program to the Legislature’s Senate and House Committees on Health and Welfare. In 2014, the Department of Health and Hospitals commissioned our research group to assist with development of the report to ensure accurate interpretations of department data and provide a supplemental assessment of patient access to care using external data. This report presents information on the Bayou Health program during the 2013 calendar year.

Date: 9/15/15



2013 Health Occupations Outlook

The 2013 Health Occupations Outlook provides an in-depth look at several critical healthcare occupations, including the outlook for growth in the coming years. The study combines existing data with original surveys of Louisiana healthcare employers and Louisiana mid-level providers to assess the impact of upcoming demographic and policy changes on the healthcare workforce. In particular, this study considers the supply of and demand for labor for mid-level providers in Louisiana,​ which include: physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified registered nurse anesthetists, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse midwives.

Date: 9/5/13