FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
504HealthNet Presents Representative Walt Leger, III with the Champion of Community Healthcare Award
New Orleans, LA (September 23, 2016)—
504HealthNet presented Representative Walt Leger, III with the Champion of Community Healthcare award yesterday at the 2016 Legislative Thank You event, hosted by 504HealthNet and Baker Donelson. Representative Leger was recognized for his long-standing commitment and dedication to the health of all Louisiana residents. He has continuously supported the Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection (GNOCHC) Medicaid waiver program, which brought state and federal funds to community health centers for patients living below poverty. Through the secured funding, community health centers were able to offer primary care and behavioral health services to residents regardless of the person’s ability to pay for those services. Representative Leger has also been instrumental in Medicaid expansion, which has increased access to high quality care for over 300,000 people now enrolled in Medicaid. His work in community healthcare illustrates his dedication to a healthcare system that prioritizes health equity.
“It is important to recognize those who advocate for the needs of resource constrained communities, and who truly embody the tenants of public service,” stated Susan Todd, executive director of 504HealthNet. “We are delighted to honor Representative Leger with this award, as his contributions have been critical to the health and success of our community.” Equitable healthcare systems and the improvement in the quality and benefits of care are two key components to 504HealthNet’s mission and goals.
504HealthNet is a non-profit coalition of 23 independent community health service providers who represent the primary care and behavioral health safety net for Southeastern Louisiana. Together, this network of community health centers is working collaboratively to improved access to services and better meet the primary care and behavioral health needs of low-income, uninsured, and underinsured residents in the Greater New Orleans area.