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State Health Plan Changes (1984)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1984-10-05

Duration: 00:10:23

Subjects: Health Care | Hospitals | Nursing Homes


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Ekings, Robyn Reporter
  • Kimbro, Bill Interviewee
  • Romero, Dudley Interviewee
  • Bussie, Fran Interviewee
  • Silvy, Edgar Interviewee


This segment from the October 5, 1984, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Robyn Ekings’ report on the Edwards Administration’s proposed changes to the state health plan. Her report covers: the Administration’s July 30th three-month moratorium on permits for hospitals and nursing homes, including requests for new services or renovations; Governor Edwards ordering the Department of Health and Hospitals to exempt eight applications from the moratorium for a friend; the federal investigation into this request; the health care industry’s disagreement with the Administration’s proposal to increase the number of beds allowed in the state; and the likelihood of price increases for services at nursing homes and hospitals due to the high number of empty beds. Ekings interviews: Bill Kimbro, the executive director of the Louisiana Nursing Home Association; Dudley Romero, chief executive officer of Our Lady of Lourdes in Lafayette; Fran Bussie of the State Health Council; and Edgar Silvy of the Baton Rouge General Hospital. Host: Beth Courtney