Three years after Hurricane Katrina, commercial health plan enrollment for the state of Louisiana is nearly at pre-Katrina levels. According to data from HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care market intelligence, as of January 2008, more than 2.12 million commercial lives are covered in the state, down from more than 2.13 million lives reported for July 2005.

While statewide commercial enrollment has remained largely unchanged, there has been a significant shift in New Orleans, where more than 414,000 commercial covered lives are reported for 2008, down from more than 750,000 in 2005.

Jan Shuxteau, analyst with HealthLeaders-InterStudy and author of the recently released Georgia, Alabama & Louisiana Health Plan Analysis, is available to discuss health plan enrollment in the state, and how recovery efforts are shaping healthcare in Louisiana. Shuxteau can also address Louisiana's plans for replacing Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

Members of the media who would like to speak with Shuxteau may contact Lisa Osgood at 781-296-2606 or losgood@hl-isy.com.

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PRNewswire -- Aug. 21

SOURCE: HealthLeaders-InterStudy

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