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Protect What’s Precious: Patients Urged to Protect Medicaid Coverage

March 14, 2023

Our Lady of Lourdes Health Urges Patients and Community to Update Medicaid Information Before April 1, 2023

Lafayette, LA As the national COVID-19 Public Health Emergency officially draws to a close, Our Lady of Lourdes Health is urging patients and members of the community to protect their Medicaid and CHIP coverage. The public health emergency expanded Medicaid coverage eligibility for thousands and halted the disenrollment period. Those eligibility reviews are set to begin again April 1, 2023. By ensuring information is up-to-date before April 1, Medicaid eligible families can protect their access to healthcare coverage.

Any gap in healthcare coverage can cause delays in seeking treatment, contributing to worsening outcomes. Current estimates put 15 million Americans and over 250,000 Louisiana residents at risk of losing their Medicaid or CHIP coverage if they don’t take action before the disenrollment period begins. Current Medicaid and CHIP recipients are encouraged to ensure their contact information is up to date, watch their mail carefully for a renewal letter and to complete any renewal form as soon as they receive it.

“Preserving access to healthcare coverage ensures a healthier future for our entire community,” said VP of Mission Integration Rob Tasman, “As a Catholic Healthcare System committed to serving each person with dignity, many of our patients are reliant on Medicare and CHIP coverage. We urge anyone who currently qualifies for this coverage to secure their coverage today and protect what is precious.”

Medicaid and CHIP patients are urged to update their information on the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals websites before April 1, 2023. After this date, if information is not up to date or incomplete, Medicaid eligible families could lose healthcare coverage as early as July 1, 2023. Updating contact information through the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals will ensure Medicaid eligible families can be reached by the state to verify their information and determine if they will remain eligible. For frequently asked questions and more information visit

About Our Lady of Lourdes Health

Founded by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady in 1949, Our Lady of Lourdes Health is a not–for–profit Catholic healthcare ministry based in Lafayette, Louisiana. With a regional acute care medical center that employs more than 2,800 people, Our Lady of Lourdes Health offers a physician staff of over 850 doctors in a variety of medical and surgical specialties. Lourdes’ services include Centers of Excellence in the areas of Orthopedics, Stroke and a Robotic Surgery Program. Lourdes is home to the only burn unit in Southwest Louisiana and a Commission on Cancer-accredited oncology program. Our Lady of Lourdes operates Our Lady of Lourdes Heart Hospital, a premier 32-bed cardiac facility, and Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital, offering the area’s only Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Level III Surgical Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. With additional services including multiple clinics, four imaging locations and a primary care physician network, Lourdes provides easy access to comprehensive care throughout the community. Our Lady of Lourdes is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and is driven by its mission to serve all God’s people, especially those most in need. Discover more at

Media Contact

Jenny Baudoin
Director, Marketing & Communications
Our Lady of Lourdes Health



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