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  • Poll: Approval for Supreme Court health care decision

    July 1, 2015 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states. Overall, 62 percent approved, while 32 percent disapproved, said the survey released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Opponents... more »
  • Supreme Court ruling upholds subsidies for 138,000 in La.

    June 25, 2015 12:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly 138,000 people in Louisiana will continue to receive federal subsidies that help pay for their health insurance. The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Thursday a challenge to the federal health law that could have jettisoned tax credits used by Louisianians to buy insurance coverage. The Kaiser... more »
  • VA says it faces $2.5B budget shortfall

    June 25, 2015 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs says it faces a budget shortfall of more than $2.5 billion, mainly because of increased demand by veterans for health care, including new life-saving treatments for Hepatitis C. Deputy VA Secretary Sloan Gibson tells a House committee VA health care sites experienced a... more »
  • Analysts: Health law repeal boosts economy, adds red ink

    June 19, 2015 11:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new nonpartisan government study says that repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would boost the economy even as it increases budget deficits. The Congressional Budget Office says that completely repealing the law would, on average, increase the economy by 0.7 percent a year when economic... more »
  • Lawmakers enter the final day of session check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 11, 2015 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Thursday is the final day for state lawmakers to get work done at the Capitol. It's the last day of the legislative session, and after two months the budget is still a hot topic. The Senate passed a budget earlier this week, but the House rejected it.... more »
  • Health care services sought from senators working on budget

    May 30, 2015 1:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health care topped the list of requests from people who asked senators to include their needs in Louisiana's $24 billion budget for next year. With money tight and cuts on the horizon, the wants far outweigh the dollars available as the Senate Finance Committee held public testimony... more »
  • Dedicated funds remain off-limits in Louisiana budget debate

    May 20, 2015 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As lawmakers sift through ideas to solve financial gaps, one idea has been off-limits: scaling back budget protections that leave higher education and health care most vulnerable to slashing. Lawmakers have repeatedly lamented that too much of the state's budget is "dedicated," locked up by either... more »
  • Trend of free-standing ER's hitting Baton Rouge region check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 20, 2015 4:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's a new trend nationwide of emergency rooms which aren't connected to larger hospitals, and the only two in Louisiana are both in the Baton Rouge region. The free-standing emergency rooms are open around the clock and have emergency physicians on-site at all times. The first... more »
  • EMS wants money to expand mental health services at jail

    May 12, 2015 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Wednesday, the Baton Rouge Metro Council will begin a discussion about increasing the amount of hours social workers spend at the jail evaluating inmates with mental health issues. Baton Rouge EMS, the ambulatory agency in charge of inmate care at the parish jail, will ask the... more »
  • Bill to prohibit sex-selection abortions advances in House

    May 6, 2015 2:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to ban abortions in Louisiana based on gender has sailed through the House health care committee. Rep. Lenar Whitney, a Houma Republican, described her bill as helping to "protect the unborn of Louisiana" and prohibiting discrimination. She cited reports of women in Asian nations having... more »
  • Grades for area nursing homes tank under new rating system check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 27, 2015 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If you know someone or have a loved one in a nursing home, you'll be shocked to hear only one in our area received the top rating according to Medicare's grading system for the homes. The Feds recently changed the way nursing homes are rated and... more »
  • Hospitals offer to share in cost of La. Medicaid expansion

    April 27, 2015 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - As Louisiana struggles with budget troubles, private hospitals are offering lawmakers a way to draw down more federal health care dollars for patient care. But that's only if the money is used to expand coverage through the Medicaid program. The proposal was developed by the Louisiana Hospital... more »
  • Lawsuit filed over changes to state worker insurance program

    April 22, 2015 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of state employees and retirees is asking a judge to reverse changes made to their insurance program, which cost many workers more out-of-pocket for lessened benefits. The lawsuit, announced Wednesday, was filed in state district court a day earlier. It claims Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration... more »
  • Public gets its turn to outline budget concerns to lawmakers

    April 14, 2015 11:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - People who rely on the state for health care services are urging lawmakers to reverse cuts that Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to balance next year's budget. Parents of disabled children on waiting lists for at-home care, leaders of community clinics that rely on state financing and hospitals... more »
  • Elder care costs keep climbing; nursing home bill now $91K

    April 9, 2015 3:54 PM

    NEW YORK - The cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. An industry survey says the median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,000 a year. The report says the cost has increased four percent every year over the last five years. The... more »
  • Jindal health care budget has gaps, cuts, unsure financing

    March 25, 2015 1:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care spending plan for next year relies on more than $400 million in tax changes uncertain to win passage from state lawmakers. Even then, lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee were told Wednesday, the governor's proposal still has gaps in the Medicaid program... more »
  • GOP moves ahead on budget plans; eyes Obamacare repeal bill

    March 24, 2015 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate Republicans are moving toward likely approval of balanced budget outlines, essential early steps along a path to send President Barack Obama legislation to wipe out the five-year-old health care law and eliminate deficits within a decade. Obama is all but certain to veto the legislation... more »
  • CDC: 11 million fewer uninsured since passage of Obama's law

    March 24, 2015 2:08 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A couple of government reports say the number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that still would leave about 37 million people uninsured.... more »
  • With ER closing soon, urgent care facilities expand hours check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 23, 2015 7:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge General Emergency Room is closing it's doors next week. In an effort to treat as many patients as possible, urgent care facilities have officially started taking on extra hours and services . Starting Monday, the urgent care center on North Foster Drive will... more »
  • Poll: Many see negative impact if court nixes health law aid

    March 19, 2015 2:52 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds that most Americans are totally unaware of a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law. When the potential fallout is explained, though, most say it would hurt the country. Thursday's poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation is... more »
  • Report: Blacks, Hispanics doing better but lag behind whites

    March 18, 2015 4:52 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says African Americans and Hispanics have improved health care and are less frequently victims of violent crimes this year than last. But the State of Black America report also shows that these minorities still lag behind whites when it comes to most areas of social... more »
  • Obama to visit VA hospital, check progress on veterans care

    March 13, 2015 2:53 AM

    PHOENIX, AZ - President Barack Obama is making a first-time visit to the Arizona veterans' hospital that triggered a national examination into how the government cares for its former service members. The president will get an appraisal on the health system's progress and its lingering needs. Obama is traveling to... more »
  • Pineville social worker sentenced in health care scheme

    March 12, 2015 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal prosecutors say a licensed clinical social worker has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for her role in a health care fraud scheme involving two companies that operated in the Alexandria area. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release that 50-year-old Carla... more »
  • Together Baton Rouge joins ER closure fight check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 10, 2015 4:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another group in Baton Rouge spoke out Tuesday against the scheduled closure of the Baton Rouge General emergency room. It's expected to shut down by the end of March since it's losing millions of dollars each year. The group "Together Baton Rouge" held a luncheon with... more »
  • Rep. Graves talks immigration, Obamacare and Iran check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 9, 2015 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It has been whirlwind start to 2015 for one of Louisiana's newest congressmen. Rep. Garret Graves (R) has hit the ground running since winning the run-off in the 6th Congressional District. He stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his experience so far. "In... more »
  • Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

    March 4, 2015 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is sharply divided over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans under President Barack Obama's health overhaul. The justices on Wednesday aggressively questioned the lawyers on both sides of the latest politically charged fight over the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice... more »
  • La. hospital operators say Jindal budget leaves them short

    March 3, 2015 10:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana has built a $1.1 billion hospital to care for the poor and uninsured in New Orleans. But the manager of the soon-to-be-opened medical center says Gov. Bobby Jindal's budget leaves it millions short of the operating cash it needs. Private operators of hospitals previously run by... more »
  • Parish leaders call mental health situation a 'crisis' check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 23, 2015 5:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - It's a hidden problem to most of us -- mental health care for those who desperately need it. However, a growing number of people are having to get treated on the taxpayers dime, since there is not access to mental health hospitals in the area. Two... more »
  • Gov't sent 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers wrong tax info

    February 20, 2015 10:15 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it sent about 800,000 HealthCare.gov customers the wrong tax information, and officials are asking those consumers to delay filing their 2014 taxes. The tax error disclosed Friday is a self-inflicted injury that comes on the heels of what President Barack Obama had touted as... more »
  • White House: Health law sign-ups top 11M

    February 17, 2015 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House estimates that more than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's law this year. The preliminary number released Tuesday comes with a couple of asterisks. The final number could grow because the administration is offering a grace period... more »
  • Health care deadline today

    February 15, 2015 11:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Today is the last day to sign up for 2015 coverage under the Affordable Care Act. According to the federal exchange, those who want insurance from Obamacare 2.0 should at least start the application by midnight on Sunday to avoid a fee. Those filing taxes in... more »
  • Health insurance deadline just a few days away check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 13, 2015 5:10 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The final rush by applicants to get health insurance in order to avoid facing financial penalties is on as Sunday is the final day to complete sign ups. "We have navigators that are keying the information in the computer system and then we have overflow calls... more »
  • Deadline to get health care without a penalty less than a week away check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 9, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The open enrollment period for health insurance under the affordable care act ends on February 15th. Brian Keller from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana stopped by 2une In this morning to explain what happens if you miss that deadline. "You may be out of luck... more »
  • Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

    January 28, 2015 2:01 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll says most Americans would want Congress to restore federal subsidies for millions buying health care coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of that aid. A poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation says more than 6... more »
  • Health insurance sign-ups making slow but steady gain

    January 7, 2015 2:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says nearly 103,000 people signed up for coverage under the president's health care law last week. That's a slow but steady gain during a period that included the New Year's holiday. Wednesday's report from the Health and Human Services department comes as the health law's... more »
  • Surge in health law sign-ups

    December 16, 2014 4:13 PM

    WASHINGTON - Sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law surged last week, driven by a deadline for getting covered by Jan. 1, officials said Tuesday. Unlike last year, the HealthCare.gov website was working well. More than 1 million people picked a plan from Dec. 6 through Dec. 12, bringing... more »
  • Newly insured struggle to find primary physicians

    December 7, 2014 10:25 AM

    MIAMI - Primary care doctors might be working longer hours, hiring more staff and relying on nurse practitioners, but the majority seem to be finding a way to keep up with the 6.7 million new patients under the Affordable Care Act. One of the purposes of the new health law... more »
  • HealthCare.gov average premiums going up in 2015

    December 4, 2014 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are acknowledging that HealthCare.gov premiums, on average, will go up next year. But the same officials say most current customers can still save money if they are willing to shop around a competitive marketplace. In a report released Thursday, the Health and Human Services Department... more »
  • Growth rate of US health tab may have hit bottom

    December 3, 2014 3:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government says U.S. health care spending grew by the slowest rate in more than a half-century last year. But a speed-up is coming, as the economy gets traction and the new health care law covers more people. The nation's health care tab grew by just 3.6 percent... more »
  • Appeals court hears challenge to health care law

    December 2, 2014 11:30 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Opponents of President Obama's health care overhaul law say Democrats used an unconstitutional amendment process to get it through Congress. Health care law opponents told a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday that the bill violates the Constitution's requirement that tax-raising measures... more »
  • New LSU clinic gives more options check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 26, 2014 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new LSU urgent health care clinic opening near the corner of Gus Young and N. Foster next month, will provide an additional option for people in need of care who don't want to visit an emergency room. According to Laura Davis, an administrator with LSU Health... more »
  • Facing health law hikes, consumers mull options

    November 25, 2014 10:35 AM

    WASHINGTON - Consumers across most of America will see their health insurance premiums go up next year for popular plans available through President Barack Obama's health care law. But experts say it's going to take time for families to find the best deal for their finances - even as a... more »
  • HealthCare.gov gets steady consumer interest

    November 17, 2014 12:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says more than 1 million consumers visited HealthCare.gov this weekend as the second sign-up season under the president's health overhaul got underway without the widespread technical problems experienced last year. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell said Monday that more than 200,000 people dialed... more »
  • Locals weigh in on affordable care act check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    November 15, 2014 8:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - "I mean, you have other insurances that you can get, pay a lower deductible...and then you have Obamacare that's supposed to help the citizens and to me it's an illusion," that's what Blaine Ehrlich had to say about the Affordable Care Act. But Marlon Corey... more »
  • Hopes and fears as health law sign-up season opens

    November 15, 2014 10:23 AM

    WASHINGTON - The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health overhaul opens Saturday, and the hope is that consumers will have a positive experience this time. The fear is that entrenched political opposition and renewed legal challenges could yet collapse the program. With 7 million paying customers in new... more »
  • Discussion will focus on creating Health District in BR

    November 10, 2014 11:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Planners will unveil ideas to create a medical Mecca in an area of the city already filled with health care industries. Concepts for the Health District will be showcased at a meeting on November 18th. The discussion will be at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Click HERE... more »
  • Nurse: No option but to fight Ebola quarantine

    November 2, 2014 10:48 AM

    FORT KENT, Maine - A nurse who successfully fought Maine's quarantine for health care workers who have treated Ebola patients says she had no option but to challenge how medical professionals were being treated. Kaci Hickox says she was fighting for the rights of other U.S. medical workers who are... more »
  • 5th Circuit to hear challenge to health act

    October 30, 2014 1:40 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal appeals court in New Orleans has scheduled December arguments on a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care act. In this case, opponents of the act say it is unconstitutional because it imposes a tax - and all tax bills must originate in the House.... more »
  • Nurse defies Ebola quarantine in Maine Play Video

    October 30, 2014 8:12 AM

    FORT KENT, Maine - All but daring Maine health authorities to go to court to have her confined, nurse Kaci Hickox went out on a bike ride Thursday in defiance of the state's voluntary quarantine for medical workers who have treated Ebola patients. It was the second time in two... more »
  • Landrieu sticks to support of unpopular health law

    October 28, 2014 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Even as another poll shows the federal health care law remains highly unpopular in Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu has doubled down on her support for the revamp. In the latest Senate race debate, the Democratic incumbent said while the signature initiative of President Barack Obama's administration needs... more »
  • Cruise ship turned away from Mexico over Ebola fear

    October 17, 2014 1:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Caribbean cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker is heading back to Texas -- after being refused permission to dock in Cozumel, Mexico. The passenger had handled a lab specimen from the Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas. And she's being monitored for signs... more »
  • US health providers expand their Ebola precautions

    October 7, 2014 2:59 AM

    NEW YORK - Public hospitals in New York City are concerned enough about Ebola that they've secretly been sending actors with mock symptoms into emergency rooms to test how good the triage staff is at identifying and isolating possible cases. A small hospital in the Ohio countryside has hung up... more »
  • Lawmakers to discuss changes to OGB health care plans check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    September 23, 2014 8:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are holding meetings this week to discuss changes to the health plans offered by the Office of Group Benefits. The agency will offer the new health care plans beginning next year, but there are still many concerns among retirees and state employees. Susan West... more »
  • Children's hospital-linked infections fall sharply

    September 8, 2014 2:09 AM

    CHICAGO, IL - A new study suggests efforts to improve patient safety and reduce preventable health care linked infections in hospitals are meeting with success, especially for children. The study of 174 U.S. hospitals in 39 states finds steep declines in dangerous infections sometimes transmitted through treatments in intensive care... more »
  • CEO named for HealthCare.gov

    August 26, 2014 12:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has picked a Connecticut official to run HealthCare.gov ahead of a second open enrollment season looming as a test of competence for the feds. Kevin Counihan leads Access Health CT, a health insurance marketplace seen as a national model. As CEO of the federal exchange,... more »
  • VA says no proof delays in care caused vets to die

    August 25, 2014 5:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix. Revelations that as many as 40 veterans died while awaiting care from the Phoenix VA rocked the agency last spring, exposing a system... more »
  • Hospital manager says it paid LSU $7M in dispute

    August 22, 2014 3:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The research foundation running the LSU hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe says it has paid the university system $7 million, after LSU sent a collection letter demanding $25 million. The Biomedical Research Foundation of Northwest Louisiana, or BRF, said Friday it placed another nearly $11 million into... more »
  • Federal agency has questions about hospital deals

    August 20, 2014 2:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's revised financing plan for six LSU hospital privatization deals is running into questions from federal health officials who rejected a previous version. The state health department on Wednesday released the three-page question letter from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.... more »
  • Auditor questions data in Medicaid program review

    August 18, 2014 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislative Auditor's office is raising questions about the usefulness of an annual report evaluating private managed-care networks handling health services for Louisiana Medicaid patients. In a review released Monday, the auditor's office says the report that the Department of Health and Hospitals provided to lawmakers in... more »
  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

    August 13, 2014 2:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Obama administration says the clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health law. Officials said Tuesday that letters are going out to about 310,000 people whose citizenship and information documentation doesn't match what the government... more »
  • Obama signs veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 11:43 AM

    FORT BELVOIR, VA - President Barack Obama says the government must ensure that the Veterans Affairs Department has the resources to keep up with the demands of troops returning from war. Obama is speaking at a signing ceremony for a $16.3 billion measure allowing the Veterans Affairs Department to hire... more »
  • Obama to sign veterans' health care overhaul

    August 7, 2014 3:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see Veterans Affairs doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering... more »
  • 551 new laws take effect Friday in Louisiana

    July 31, 2014 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 550 new laws take effect Friday, passed by lawmakers in the legislative session that ended in June. Slug a referee at your child's sports game? You'll face jail time. Sixteen and trying to improve your tan? You'll have to head outside because minors are barred... more »
  • House approves VA health care overhaul

    July 30, 2014 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has approved a compromise bill to refurbish the Veterans Affairs Department and improve veterans' health care. The 420-5 vote Wednesday sends the bill to the Senate, where approval is expected by the end of the week. The $16.3 billion measure is intended to help veterans avoid... more »
  • Probe exposes flaws behind HealthCare.gov rollout

    July 30, 2014 12:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials tell The Associated Press that a nonpartisan investigative report concludes that management failures by the Obama administration set the stage for the computer problems that paralyzed the HealthCare.gov website last fall. The Government Accountability Office - the investigative agency of Congress - will report Thursday on its... more »
  • House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

    July 30, 2014 3:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is moving quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. The House could vote on the $17 billion bill as early as Wednesday, with a Senate... more »
  • Conference committee approves $17B VA health bill

    July 29, 2014 11:02 AM

    WASHINGTON - House and Senate negotiators have approved a compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Agreement by the 28-member conference committee was needed to move the bill to the full House and Senate. The bill is intended to help veterans avoid long... more »
  • Medicare hospital fund to last 4 years longer

    July 28, 2014 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - The government says Medicare's finances have improved. The program's hospital trust fund won't be exhausted until 2030 - four years later than last year's estimate. Social Security's massive retirement program will remain solvent until 2034, although disability benefits are in more immediate danger. The disability trust fund is... more »
  • Sanders offers lower-cost bill to reform VA

    July 24, 2014 10:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman is offering to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his proposal would cost less than $25 billion over three years. That... more »
  • VA apologizes to whistleblowers facing retaliation

    July 9, 2014 5:17 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A top official at the Veterans Affairs Department says he is sorry that VA employees have suffered retaliation after making complaints about poor patient care, long wait times and other problems. James Tuchschmidt, the No. 2 official at the Veterans Health Administration, apologized on behalf of the... more »
  • Hundreds of Memphis police officers call in sick check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    July 9, 2014 5:13 AM

    MEMPHIS, TN - Memphis police say hundreds of officers have called in sick in the past week in what appears to be a deliberate action to protest planned health care cuts. Memphis Police Department spokeswoman Karen Rudolph said 554 officers called in sick on Tuesday alone. Memphis Police Director Toney... more »
  • Watchdog: Retaliation complaints jump at VA

    July 8, 2014 3:48 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal investigative agency says it is looking into claims that Veterans Affairs supervisors retaliated against 67 employees who filed whistleblower complaints, including 25 filed since June 1, after a growing health care scandal became public. The independent Office of Special Counsel says 30 of the complaints about... more »
  • Amedisys: SEC ends Medicare-related investigation

    July 8, 2014 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Securities and Exchange Commission has wrapped up an investigation into Amedisys' participation in the federal Medicare program, and no enforcement actions will be recommended. The Baton Rouge-based home health care and hospice services provider had announced the investigation in June 2010 and said then that it... more »
  • New VA secretary nominee not a health care expert

    July 2, 2014 2:12 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Robert McDonald is a onetime Army Ranger and former CEO of consumer products giant Procter & Gamble. Now he may face his toughest challenge yet in fixing the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department. The longtime corporate executive was nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the VA and... more »
  • Obama to hear update on Veterans Affairs problems

    June 27, 2014 2:53 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is getting an update on the problems plaguing the health care system for veterans from his acting veterans affairs secretary and a top aide. The White House says Obama will meet Friday with Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson after returning from a two-day trip to... more »
  • Latest treatment for hepatitis C is $1,000-a-pill

    June 17, 2014 12:47 PM

    WASHINGTON - The latest pill for hepatitis C sounds like a your-money-or-your-life choice. Sovaldi cures the liver-wasting illness in 9 of 10 patients, but treatment can cost more than $90,000. Leading medical societies recommend Sovaldi. Patients clamor for it. But insurance companies and state Medicaid programs are gagging on the... more »
  • La. to license and regulate insurance 'navigators'

    June 13, 2014 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's "navigator" organizations that get grants to help consumers enroll in insurance under the federal health care law will have to be licensed by the state. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the governor signed Republican Rep. Kevin Pearson's bill to require the licensing and registration... more »
  • Insurers will propose changes to Obama health law

    June 11, 2014 2:43 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The insurance industry says more options for bare-bones coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law would entice healthy young adults to sign up, helping to stabilize premiums. Insurers want Congress to change the law to allow subsidies for consumers who buy so-called catastrophic plans. Given the... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to try out Jindal health plan

    May 30, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could become a testing ground for Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care alternative to the federal health care overhaul, under a bill that has received final backing from lawmakers. Democratic Sen. Ben Nevers, of Bogalusa, proposed trying to use Jindal's "America Next" health care plan in Louisiana,... more »
  • Poll: Sign-ups rise but little love for health law

    May 23, 2014 3:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama celebrated when sign-ups for his health care law topped 8 million, exceeding expectations. But a new poll shows Americans remained unimpressed. The Associated Press-GfK poll finds that public opinion is still deeply negative on the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature effort to cover the uninsured.... more »
  • Fix to veterans' health care takes on new urgency

    May 22, 2014 2:16 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is showing a sudden urgency to resolve a growing crisis over veterans' health care. Obama called in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for a White House meeting Wednesday and repeatedly vowed to take action. Obama also dispatched Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors to... more »
  • Obama HHS nominee gets first turn before senators

    May 8, 2014 2:28 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's nominee to take over the federal health care agency - and assume responsibility for his health care overhaul - is about to face senators who will help decide her confirmation. Sylvia Mathews Burwell appears Thursday before the Senate Health Committee, the first of two... more »
  • GOP: Health insurance signups lagging

    April 30, 2014 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - A report by House Republicans says that one-third of people who signed up for health insurance through new federal exchanges hadn't paid their first month's premium as of mid-April. But administration officials, outside experts and the insurance industry questioned the conclusions. The report by Energy and... more »
  • Amedisys to pay $150M for false Medicare claims

    April 23, 2014 1:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Justice announced Wednesday that Amedisys Inc., a Baton Rouge-based home health care provider, agreed to pay $150 million to resolve allegations they filed false Medicare claims. The federal government said between 2008 and 2010 Amedisys improperly billed Medicare for ineligible patients and services,... more »
  • Obama: 8 million signed up for health care

    April 17, 2014 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says 8 million people have signed up for health care through new insurance exchanges. That's 1 million more than congressional scorekeepers had initially projected. Obama also says 35 percent of those who signed up are under the age of 35. Enrolling substantial numbers of younger, healthier... more »
  • House passes Ryan budget with big cuts

    April 10, 2014 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed a GOP budget blueprint that promises a balanced federal ledger in 10 years through sweeping cuts across the federal budget and eliminating health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act. The 219-205 vote on the nonbinding framework takes a mostly symbolic swipe at the... more »
  • Health care bill helps add 3 million to Medicaid

    April 4, 2014 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says 3 million Americans signed up for Medicaid under the new health care law as of the end of February, offering its first accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law. Many were newly eligible because of the... more »
  • Obama lauds health care sign-ups of over 7 million

    April 1, 2014 3:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says 7.1 million Americans enrolled for health care coverage by Monday's midnight deadline. He's praising the achievement of overcoming lost weeks at the start of sign-ups last fall. Obama says the law has not fixed the health care system but it has made it a... more »
  • Missed the health care deadline? It's not too late

    April 1, 2014 12:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's enrollment deadline Monday. Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance. The government says people who started their online applications before the... more »
  • Pelosi says over 7 million enroll in health care

    April 1, 2014 12:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says the White House is reporting more than 7 million people signed up for health care through the exchanges by Monday's midnight deadline. Pelosi confirmed the milestone after meeting with President Barack Obama on Tuesday. The number could climb. People who started applying... more »
  • Budget chair: Jindal health care budget shaky

    April 1, 2014 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A House budget leader says Gov. Bobby Jindal's 2014-15 health care budget proposal includes $680 million in piecemeal financing that puts services in a precarious position. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Fannin says he's worried about how the Department of Health and Hospitals will replace that money... more »
  • Health care website stumbles on last day

    March 31, 2014 11:06 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says a new technical problem briefly prevented last-minute users from signing up on the government's health insurance website. The new problem comes as traffic is surging on deadline day. Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright says technicians identified an issue affecting consumers trying... more »
  • Obama says more than 6M signed up for health care

    March 27, 2014 3:02 PM

    WASHINGTON- President Barack Obama says more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new health insurance markets created by his overhaul. That's a milestone, fulfilling a goal set by Congressional Budget Office and embraced by the White House. The president made the announcement during an international... more »
  • High court seems divided over birth control rule

    March 25, 2014 11:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Do profit-making businesses have religious rights? The Supreme Court is wrestling with that question in a case that involves two family-owned companies. The owners of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties provide health insurance to their employees but object to covering certain methods of birth control --... more »
  • Health insurance deadline looms check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 24, 2014 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan is fast approaching and already insurance agents are seeing a boom in the number of people rushing to sign up. "Right now I'm working seven days a week, and the thing that's really frustrating about that is... more »
  • White House hints at wiggle room on deadline

    March 21, 2014 4:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it won't push back the March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. But if you already started an application, you may get some extra time to finish it. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Friday that the... more »
  • House health committee backs new abortion rules

    March 19, 2014 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal to add new regulations for abortion providers in Louisiana has received the unanimous support of the House health care committee. The bill by Rep. Katrina Jackson, a Democrat from Monroe, would require doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital. It's... more »

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