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Rural Health Care (1997)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 1997-01-24

Duration: 00:15:50

Subjects: Health Care | MEDICAID | Rural health services


  • Collins, Robert Host
  • Chapa, Arcie Reporter
  • Wiltz, Gary Interviewee
  • Decuir, Carla Interviewee
  • Ansen, Ivy Interviewee
  • Lavergne, Suzanne Interviewee


This segment from the January 24, 1997, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Arcie Chapa’s report on rural health care services in Louisiana. She reports that the state is facing cuts to the Medicaid program, which could impact services around the state. She visits the Teche Action Clinic in Franklin, a successful community health center in St. Mary Parish. She interviews: Dr. Gary Wiltz, physician; Carla Decuir, the CEO of Teche Action Clinic; and Ivy Ansen, patient. Host Robert Collins then conducts an in-studio interview with Suzanne Lavergne, the director of the State Office of Rural Health. She discusses the potential impact of the proposed federal cuts to the Medicaid program, the shortage of doctors in rural areas, and the community health center model. This segment is a part of the “A Cure for Louisiana” series.