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Removing Barriers to Care

Date: 10/04/21

Awards ten providers with funding to upgrade their facilities

Baton Rouge, La. (October 4, 2021) – As part of their ongoing commitment to providing equal access to quality health care, Louisiana Healthcare Connections has granted ten providers across the state with funding for making their facilities more accessible to patients with disabilities.

In collaboration with the National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) Provider Accessibility Initiative and through their Barrier Removal Fund, Louisiana Healthcare Connections will increase the number of practitioner locations that meet federal and state disability access standards. Selected by a rigorous application process, recipients receive funding for projects that are dedicated to making access to their facilities easier. Eligible projects include the purchase of adaptive equipment, including accessible examination tables and chairs, the production of accessible formats of printed materials, and the purchase of equipment that reduces auditory or visual distractions for members with autism or other developmental disabilities.

“By helping providers upgrade their facilities to ensure they are physically and programmatically accessible for our members, we are also helping providers support the dignity and independence of their patients,” noted Dr. Stewart Gordon, chief medical officer for Louisiana Healthcare Connections.

Providers receiving grants through this program include:

  • St. Gabriel Health Clinic, Inc. - St. Gabriel
  • The Pediatric Center - Leesville
  • Strawberry Patch Pediatrics & Family Clinic - Amite
  • Primary Care Providers for a Healthy Feliciana, Inc. - Clinton
  • Marillac Community Health Centers - New Orleans
  • Chaudhry Clinic, LLC - Jena
  • David Raines Community Health Centers - Shreveport
  • Mitchells Pediatrics - Alexandria
  • Family Healthcare of Loranger, LLC - Loranger
  • Northlake Physicians Group – Mandeville

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About Louisiana Healthcare Connections
A Medicaid managed care organization, Louisiana Healthcare Connections was established in 2011 to provide the best benefits and programs possible in order to improve the overall health of the families and communities we serve. Today, we are a healthcare company focused on identifying and removing institutional barriers to good health with sustainable solutions that reduce health disparities and create health equity. Through a family of engaged employees, dedicated providers and diverse community partners, we deliver care for the health of all. For more information, visit