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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


     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.
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