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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


     04/18 - Balancing Eldercare

How much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care?
Nationally, there is a shift towards providing care for the elderly at home and through community-based services rather than at institutions. But analysts say that Louisiana has a bias towards nursing home enrollment both in policies and funding. A series of bills being proposed this legislative session would address what some consider an imbalance in how the state supports care for its aged population.

So, how much does Louisiana spend on nursing homes versus home and community-based care? Is the demand for institutional care rising or on the decline? And what options are available to provide the funding and the care that the state’s older residents desire? Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Balancing Eldercare” Wednesday, April 25 at 7 pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Tuesday, April 24.)

Our panelists are
· Jeanne Abadie, The Advocacy Center
· Mark Berger, Louisiana Nursing Home Association
· Hugh Eley, Former Deputy Sec. of Louisiana Dept. of Health
· Senator Jay Luneau, D-Alexandria

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana president, Robert Travis Scott, moderate the discussion.
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