Hurricane Katrina

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina flooded NACDEP’s office in Mid-City New Orleans with 7 ½ feet of floodwater — a total loss. In August 2006, NACDEP opened a new office in Central City New Orleans.

1. Total devastation after Katrina

2. Mold everywhere

3. Total demolition

4. Down to the studs to dry out

5. Waterlines on Tulane Avenue

“Turning healthcare disparity into healthcare equality while saving healthcare dollars”
NACDEP, the National Coalition for Dually Eligible People,

Dually Eligible People with Medicare and Medicaid — At the Center of the Next Debate:

Because of their medical frailty, their social and racial demographics, their great expense, and their expanding growth rate, dually eligible people — “the elderly and disabled poor” — will occupy a central position in the upcoming debates over national healthcare financing and disparities in health care in the 21st century.

Sheldon M Hersh, MD
Louisiana Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana, 2003

Excerpts from the Paper

Repair, reduce, restore …
“Reinstating full Medicare-Medicaid crossover payments will repair healthcare access, reduce healthcare disparities, and restore civil rights for 6 million elderly and disabled Medicare beneficiaries.”

CMS pledged to integrate civil rights …
“CMS pledged to abolish discrimination, remediate past discrimination, and integrate civil rights compliance into CMS programs.”

Physicians treat higher-paying patients first.
“According to Secretary Thompson, physicians divide their patient population based on insurance reimbursement and treat higher-paying patients first.”