FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 1, 2018
Contact: Ashley Falkenstein
US Senator Bill Cassidy speaks on healthcare changes
The St. Tammany West Chamber’s annual healthcare luncheon was held at The Greystone on Monday, October 29th. Prior to the event guest speaker US Senator Bill Cassidy met with the CEOs and CMOs of our local hospitals to discuss healthcare issues that are important to our area. During the luncheon Cassidy discussed issues such as the opioid crisis, mental illness, health care costs, the gag clauses and more, to over 150 Chamber members in attendance.
Sharon Landry, Executive Director of the Northshore Healthcare Alliance acted as the moderator for this luncheon along with Rhonda Bagby, 2018 Chamber Chairman of the board. Rhonda started our luncheon with announcements followed by a prayer and the pledge by our sponsors Keesler Federal Credit Union and Inside Publications.
Cassidy discussed his work in Congress to help lower healthcare costs for patients and that despite the environment the government is trying to create for this, it is time to find ways to make plans more affordable. Cassidy also discussed legislation he helped pass which is the pharmacy gag clause, this prevented patients from learning options from their pharmacists to save money on their prescriptions.
Cassidy also touched on the opioid crisis and mental illness problem that is nationwide but specifically right here in St. Tammany Parish where there were over 80 overdose deaths last year. Cassidy mentioned how impressed he is with our parish’s attempt to get a handle on the epidemic and how the project SAFE HAVEN will help with that. SAFE HAVEN will offer a collaborative healing environment for the behavioral health continuum by creating a high quality, coordinated, sustainable and humane network of care.
On December 11th, the Chamber will remain on the “cost of healthcare” as a topic but shift focus to overall insurance costs by featuring guest speaker, Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon.