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  • Women's groups blast court ruling on contraception

    June 30, 2014 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Leaders of women's groups are denouncing today's Supreme Court decision on contraceptive coverage, and they're pointing out that it came from five male justices. A sharply divided court said some companies are exempt from the requirement in the new health care law that they provide birth control coverage... more »
  • $250K fine for lying on health insurance forms

    May 16, 2014 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Lying to the federal health insurance man could cost you dearly. The Obama administration Friday spelled out civil fines of up to $250,000 for knowingly and willfully providing false information to get taxpayer-subsidized coverage under the new health care law. New regulations say the fines also apply for... more »
  • Obamacare deadline pushed back a day Play Video

    December 23, 2013 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Those enrolling to receive coverage in the federal healthcare exchange will get an extra day to sign up. Monday the Obama Administration extended the deadline to midnight Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website, according to Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the agency overseeing... more »
  • House oversight panel probes health website woes

    November 13, 2013 8:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House's chief investigator will delve Wednesday into the technical issues behind the dysfunctional rollout of President Barack Obama's health care website. Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is probing whether the White House shares blame for the website's woes. At a hearing, he'll explore concerns about online security.... more »
  • Donelon: At least 80,000 face canceled policies

    November 5, 2013 8:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says at least 80,000 people in Louisiana won't be able to keep their current insurance coverage because of the federal health overhaul. Donelon said Monday that he asked insurance companies doing business in Louisiana for a tally of how many customers had existing... more »
  • GOP set to question Sebelius on health law

    October 28, 2013 7:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans plan to seek answers from Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on the Obama administration's troubled debut of the website it is using to offer health insurance. And they are raising concerns about the privacy of information that applicants submit under the new system. ... more »
  • Obama calls trusted fixer to help health care site

    October 23, 2013 8:10 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has called in a trusted fixer to help correct problems with the new federal health care website. The White House says Jeffrey Zients will assist a team that is said to be working around the clock on the site. Since it opened Oct. 1, a... more »
  • Early look at health care law's premiums

    September 4, 2013 4:23 PM

    WASHINGTON - It's the No. 1 question about President Barack Obama's health care law: Will consumers be able to afford the coverage? Now the answer is coming in. The biggest study yet of premiums posted by states finds that the sticker price for a 21-year-old buying a mid-range policy will... more »
  • Catholic hospitals accept birth control rule

    July 9, 2013 10:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - A trade group for Catholic hospitals says it can accept the Obama administration's compromise on birth control coverage. The Catholic Health Association says it's pleased with final rules for faith-affiliated nonprofits from the Department of Health and Human Services. The new health care law requires employers to cover... more »
  • Coverage may be unaffordable for low-wage workers

    June 13, 2013 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law is called the Affordable Care Act, but a glitch could make it unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. Here's the problem: The law requires medium-sized and large employers to offer what it calls... more »
  • Get prepared with 'Weathering The Storm' tonight

    May 30, 2013 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Hurricane season is quickly approaching, and the WBRZ News 2 weather team wants you to be prepared. Tune in tonight for our special coverage, "Weathering The Storm," starting at 7 p.m. on WBRZ. Pat Shingleton, Dave Nussbaum, Ryan Davidson and Keller Watts will provide insight... more »
  • Legislators hold hearing on federal health care law

    March 13, 2013 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - This morning, state lawmakers plan to weigh the pros and cons of expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program to cover more uninsured adults. During the hearing, The Senate and House insurance committees will get information about the federal health care law that allows for the expansion. Gov.... more »
  • Judge: No TV broadcast of Guantanamo 9/11 trial

    January 3, 2013 3:03 PM

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - A military judge has denied a request to allow television broadcast coverage of the Guantanamo Bay war crimes tribunal for five men charged in the Sept. 11 attacks. Defense lawyers requested TV coverage of proceedings at the U.S. base in Cuba. But the Defense Department... more »
  • Study: Drug coverage to vary under health law

    December 4, 2012 10:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new study says basic prescription drug coverage could vary dramatically from state to state under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. That's because states get to set benefits for private health plans that will be offered starting in 2014 through new insurance exchanges. The study out Tuesday... more »
  • Gov't: Medicare drug plan premiums stable for 2013

    August 6, 2012 3:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - It's an economic indicator of sorts for seniors: The Obama administration says the average premium for basic Medicare drug coverage will stay the same next year, $30 a month. That's the third year in a row of little or no change. In addition, Medicare recipients with high prescription... more »
  • Wi-Fi coverage to be expanded at Superdome

    July 19, 2012 7:52 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Fans coming to the Super Bowl in New Orleans in February should be able to get onto their Wi-Fi devices with more ease. The Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District Board has approved spending $343,200 on expanding the Wi-Fi network for the Superdome, the New Orleans Arena... more »
  • Les Miles press conference LIVE on News 2

    November 8, 2010 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE - News 2 will have live coverage of Les Miles' press conference today at noon, after LSU defeated Alabama this weekend. Coverage begins on News 2 at Noon, and the press conference will also be broadcast in its entirety on WBTR, Cox Cable channel 19. The... more »

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