Mark L. Windham / GO CARE

GO CARE is a source of healthcare and supportive services for the LGBTQ community and for people living with HIV. The organization is celebrating 30 years of serving the Ouachita region.

"We've expanded our mission over time, and our goal now is to provide affirming, comprehensive, accessible, and high-quality healthcare and supportive services for people in an inclusive setting with a particular emphasis on people who are LGBTQ and people who are living with HIV," says Mark L. Windham, CEO of GO CARE.

Congressman Ralph Abraham says he ready to get back to work in Washington in 2018. One of the first issues to be tackled will be funding the government when Congress returns from the holiday break. 

"When we get back Monday that's going to be hitting us broadside" said Abraham. 

The bill to fund the government will include reauthorizing the C.H.I.P. program. The program provides healthcare assistance for children. Funding for terrorism surveillance programs will also be discussed next week. 

Glenwood Regional Medical Center

The company that operates West Monroe's Glenwood Hospital is now part of the largest private hospital operator in the United States. Glenwood Regional Medical Center is owned by Tennessee based IASIS Healthcare. IASIS and Steward Healthcare have agreed to merge operations.   

Steward operates 18 hospitals in the northeast and Florida. IASIS operates 17 hospitals and 139 clinics in 6 states. A May 2017 Wall Street Journal story reported the deal to be worth $1.9 billion dollars according to sources familiar with the deal.  

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Congressman Ralph Abraham says sanction still have time to work in N. Korea.

The U.S. has imposed new restrictions on the N.Korean exports of coal. Abraham says that China could help our case by stopping the flow of oil into N. Korea. Abraham believes this could add pressure to stop the development of the N. Korean nuclear program.