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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


     12/18 - News About the News (Encore)

How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference?
According to the 2018 Louisiana Survey, when it comes to trusting news organizations, more Louisiana residents put their faith in local media than national media outlets. Despite that trust, only 36 percent of the state’s news consumers say local news deals fairly with both sides.

So, why is there so much mistrust of the news media? Where are consumers primarily getting their news? How can viewers distinguish between fact and fake news and is social media blurring the difference? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on a special encore presentation of “News about the News” airing Wednesday, December 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

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