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Panelist Bio


Michael R Bertaut
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana

Michael Bertaut is a Certified Health Consultant and Professional of the Academy of Healthcare Management. He has 25 years of Analytical Experience in the Healthcare, Telecom, and Retail Industry Sectors. On the ground in DC when PPACA was written, Michael has engaged in over 800 public discussions on Healthcare Costs and the Impact of Reform with stakeholder groups ranging from healthcare policy makers in Washington DC to your local public service clubs.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Applied Politics at LSU, and author of the White Paper “Five Questions Every Business Must Answer Accurately, Monthly, Forever” which discusses in easy to understand language the steps a business must take to be compliant with the Affordable Care Act.

Michael is recognized as a national commentator on Healthcare Reform, quoted in the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and local publications as well.

He is a financial modeler and forecaster, currently responsible for predicting membership activity for the 1.6 million Louisianans who carry a Blue Cross Card. Michael also is responsible for the weekly “Straight Talk on Healthcare Costs” blog at http://www.bcbsla.com.

Michael earned his MBA and BA from Louisiana State University and just celebrated his 30th year as a cancer survivor. He’s been married to the very patient Marla for 29 years and they have three children.

Michael is currently employed as Healthcare Economist and Exchange Coordinator for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.

Current Topic


     07/18 - Preventing Suicide

How is Louisiana addressing its suicide problem?
The recent high-profile deaths of fashion designer Kate Spade and celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain have brought the issue of suicide into the national spotlight. In Louisiana, suicide is the eleventh-leading cause of death and third among its 15 to 34-year-old residents. Sixteen percent of Louisiana’s 677 suicides in 2016 were military veterans.

So, how is Louisiana addressing its suicide problem? What signs should friends and family members look for to prevent someone from taking their own life? And how will the state’s newly created Zero Suicide Initiative help individuals from going down that path? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Preventing Suicide” Wednesday, July 25 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, July 24.)
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Current Topic


07/18 - Preventing Suicide

How is Louisiana addressing its suicide problem?

Current Topic


06/18 - Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?  (ENCORE)

Is Louisiana a Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?

Current Topic


05/18 - News About the News

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?

Current Topic


04/18 - Balancing Eldercare

How much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care?

Recent Topics


06/18 - Louisiana: Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?  (ENCORE)

Is Louisiana a Sportsman’s Paradise or Problem?


05/18 - News About the News

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?


04/18 - Balancing Eldercare

How much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care?


03/18 - Making Schools Safe

Where does Louisiana stand in this national discussion?

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