Wednesday January 25, 2012
The nine local civic groups that came together to bring education talks to the forefront in Lafayette Parish over the last couple of years may soon have an new (and old) member of its team. Lafayette Parish School System Superintendent Dr. Pat Cooper tells The Ind that LPSS rejoining the Lafayette Parish Education Stakeholders Council is a “no brainer.” The nine organizations that comprise LaPESC are the705, 100 Black Men of Greater Lafayette, Citizens Action Council, Concerned Citizens for Good Government, the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, State of Greater Black Lafayette, Southwest LA Black Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Acadiana and UL Lafayette. The groups’ collective membership is more than 5,000. The Lafayette Parish School System was a member at the outset, but former Superintendent Burnell Lemoine withdrew its membership after LaPESC began planning candidate forums for board elections. Cooper says he believes he can reinstate the school system’s membership without any action from the school board. If he’s wrong, however, he says board approval likely won’t be an issue.
As expected by the state Department of Health and Hospitals, the “Bayou Health” privatized Coordinated Care Network for privatizing Medicaid in Louisiana is off to a rough start. According to The Advocate, approximately 12 percent of eligible Medicaid recipients have enrolled with one of five privately administered, publicly funded health insurance plans, which are slated to take over Medicaid coverage in February and have so far left doctors and hospitals with endless unanswered questions about the new insurance. State Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein (pictured) tells the Baton Rouge paper that the agency expected to experience problems with the rollout, since “this is a pretty major change in the way we do business.” Indeed, the $2.2 billion privatized Medicaid program is a substantial change in the Medicaid business in Louisiana. As New Orleans’ Gambit newspaper publisher Clancy Dubos points out in a December column, “Jindal is privatizing health care for a segment of the population that already ranks among the cheapest to treat.” Something about “if it ain’t broke ...” is coming to mind.
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Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, December 13, 2013:
September's $509 million in sales pushed Lafayette Parish's nine-month total to $4.4 billion.
The Louisiana Supreme Court has punted on its first chance to decide whether a new state constitutional provision declaring gun possession a fundamental right could void a long list of criminal statutes that regulate firearms.
New Orleans' offense, which ranks sixth in the NFL, isn't helping many of its skill players pile up Pro Bowl-type stats. Rather, the approach of coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees has enabled a wide range of play-makers to emerge periodically with high-production outings.
An ordinance phasing out a rebate businesses receive for collecting and remitting sales taxes is tabled, but it doesn’t solve the vexing issue of government revenue.
From jewelry to home goods, deals abound
Forgiving shapes for NOLA Bowl
As part of a national undertaking known by industry insiders as the “Butterfly Project,” a rebranded version of The Daily Advertiser is set to launch with Sunday’s edition of the Gannett-owned paper.
Louisiana moved up a slot to 48th in the ranking of healthy states — once again, thank God for Mississippi! — so all this frettin’ about Gov. Bobby Jindal’s refusal to expand Medicaid per Obamacare ... fuggidaboutit! We don’t need Medicaid no more!
The Denham Springs woman who placed Christmas lights in the shape of a butter finger on her roof in a display of anger directed at neighbors has doubled the trouble for the 2013 holiday season.
The New Orleans architect behind the 1984 World’s Fair also left his mark on Lafayette.
Laid back vibe just right for NOLA Bowl
The 30-second commercial, to run around the state, is the Democratic senator's first TV spot in her bid for re-election to a fourth term.
It's a number that has edged up but falls far short of the thousands who are eligible for subsidized coverage.
A group of mostly higher education leaders will make recommendations to state lawmakers about how to tweak the policies governing tuition rates charged at the state's public colleges.
Week long specials and a ribbon cutting celebration held in Parc Lafayette
Fort Worth company's new facility at Lafayette Regional Airport will build helicopters primarily for the export market.
Could River Ranch restaurant be the next star?