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  • Sen. Blunt calls on VA secretary to resign after Disney comment

    May 24, 2016 12:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - A Republican senator on Tuesday called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to resign after McDonald compared long wait times at VA health care sites to waiting in line at a Disney amusement park. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri said McDonald's "preposterous statement is right out of... more »
  • GfK Poll: Clinton has edge over Trump on range of issues

    April 11, 2016 6:39 AM

    WASHINGTON- A new Associated Press-GfK poll finds that Americans trust Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton more than Republican leader Donald Trump to handle a wide range of issues, from immigration to health care to nominating Supreme Court justices. Even when asked which of the two candidates would be best at... more »
  • Medicare to test new payment model for some outpatient drugs

    March 8, 2016 4:41 PM

    WASHINGTON - Medicare is proposing new ways to pay for drugs administered in a doctor's office, including many chemotherapy medications. Chief Medical Officer Patrick Conway said Tuesday that Medicare plans to begin testing its new approach later this year. The government won't be telling doctors which drugs to... more »
  • Last-minute financing maneuver could boost Medicaid funding

    March 8, 2016 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers think they have found a way to tap into more money for Louisiana's Medicaid program, without more taxes. A little-noticed financing maneuver added to legislation Monday night by senators is estimated to bring in at least $250 million more annually for Medicaid. The maneuver,... more »
  • Report: HealthCare.gov 'passive' on heading off fraud

    February 24, 2016 3:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congressional investigators say the Obama administration has taken a "passive" approach to identifying potential fraud involving the president's health care law. In a report released today, the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office stopped short of alleging widespread cheating in President Barack Obama's signature program. But investigators found that... more »
  • Family says teenage girl is brain dead after being shot in the head Thursday Play Video

    February 19, 2016 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Family members of the 16-year-old shot Thursday told WBRZ anchor Chris Nakamoto the teenager is brain dead. The family identified the girl as Darneisha Williams, a Broadmoor High School student. "I can't do nothing but pray," relative Dimitrius Calhoun said. Grief counselors were on... more »
  • Conversation about racial divide in Baton Rouge continues tonight Play Video

    February 17, 2016 6:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A discussion about plans to develop a medical corridor along Perkins Road near Bluebonnet ballooned into a discussion about race and inequality Wednesday afternoon. The zoning commission of the metro council was set to talk about the proposal when an emotional - and often loud -... more »
  • NAACP opposes creation of Essen health care corridor Play Video

    February 17, 2016 6:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The NAACP is opposing the creation of an official health district in South Baton Rouge. The local chapter of the organization says tax dollars should be invested in other areas of East Baton Rouge Parish instead. The proposed official health district would span the area of... more »
  • BRAF to release mental health plan Monday; effort to keep people out of jail

    February 17, 2016 1:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In less than a week, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation said it will share plans for a proposed substance abuse and mental health treatment center in the city. Community and government leaders have said there is a mental health crisis in Baton Rouge for some time.... more »
  • Disabled children could lose state funded day care

    February 17, 2016 12:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Hundreds of disabled children in Louisiana could lose state funded daycare March 1st. The bad news came Tuesday during testimony by state health care officials. The Department of Health and Hospitals is short millions of dollars forcing it to cut the program. 612 children will be affected. Shannon... more »
  • A step forward for measuring health care quality

    February 16, 2016 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government, doctors' groups, insurers and patient advocates say they're coming together on a common set of measurements for what constitutes quality health care. A collaborative representing the various players Tuesday released quality measures for seven broad areas: primary care, cardiology, digestive system, HIV and hepatitis C,... more »
  • Louisiana governor's speech stokes fears, threatens football

    February 12, 2016 5:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Hospitals shuttered. Hospice services and kidney dialysis treatments cut. Colleges closed mid-semester. And no football season for the LSU Tigers. Gov. John Bel Edwards outlined dire consequences to Louisiana residents in his statewide televised speech urging them to support tax hikes to close a massive budget gap.... more »
  • Obama health care law posts respectable sign-up season

    February 4, 2016 4:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says 12.7 million people have signed up for private insurance or renewed coverage under the president's health care law, respectable results for a program still in political jeopardy. Expectations were low when 2016 open enrollment started on Nov. 1. Premiums were rising, and many... more »
  • Thousands of disabled children could lose health services Play Video

    January 28, 2016 6:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Kodi Wilson has a special way of talking to her son Braden. She runs her fingers through his blonde curls while he hums back at her. Braden can't talk or sit up or even grasp his mother's hand. He has a rare disorder known as Leigh's Disease... more »
  • Congressional agency reduces health law sign-up predictions

    January 25, 2016 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - A report confirms that fewer people than expected are purchasing health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Congressional Budget Office study released on Monday says that 13 million people are likely to purchase policies through the Affordable Care Act, down about 8 million from... more »
  • High court rejects new challenge to Obama health overhaul, ibuprofen appeal

    January 19, 2016 10:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has rejected another challenge to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The justices on Tuesday left in place lower court rulings that dismissed a lawsuit against the national health care law. The suit argues that the law violates the provision of the Constitution that requires... more »
  • Sanders proposes tax hike to pay for universal health care

    January 17, 2016 7:37 PM

    CHARLESTON, S.C. - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is releasing a sweeping proposal to create a new single-payer health care system in the United States, just hours ahead of the final Democratic presidential debate before the leadoff Iowa caucuses. Sanders' "Medicare for all" plan released Sunday would be paid for by... more »
  • Obama summons Americans to compromise and change

    January 13, 2016 4:01 AM

    WASHINGTON D.C.- President Barack Obama is casting his seven divisive years as a time of positive change, implicitly asking voters to replace him with a Democrat who would continue his hard-won policies on health care, climate change and Iran. Obama used his final State of the Union address to summon... more »
  • Obama vetoes bill to repeal signature health care law

    January 8, 2016 12:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has vetoed legislation to repeal his signature health care law. It's one of many repeal measures pushed by Republican lawmakers since 2010, when Obama signed the health care program into law. But it's the first bill to clear both houses of Congress and make... more »
  • House vote to send health law repeal to Obama for first time

    January 6, 2016 1:28 PM

    WASHINGTON - After dozens of failed attempts to undo President Barack Obama's health care law, the GOP-led Congress will finally put a bill on the president's desk Wednesday striking at the heart of his signature legislative achievement. Obama will veto the bill, and so the ultimate outcome will be... more »
  • What's new for beneficiaries in a changing Medicare

    January 4, 2016 12:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - For 2016, Medicare is going through some of the biggest changes in its 50-year history. Among them: coverage for end-of-life counseling and testing a new way to pay for the most common surgeries. Also, some hospice patients will be able to keep getting curative treatment. Grandma's... more »
  • Vote to repeal Obama's health law marks testy start to 2016

    January 4, 2016 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House gets back to work today, and its first item to tackle is another vote to undo President Barack Obama's health care law. It's no surprise that the president will veto the repeal bill, which also would cut money for Planned Parenthood. So Republicans plan to schedule... more »
  • House delays vote targeting Planned Parenthood, health law

    December 16, 2015 11:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republican leaders have decided to delay until January a House vote to unravel President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and block federal money for Planned Parenthood. The measure has already cleared the Senate, and House passage seems assured. Congress is ready to tackle major budget bills this week... more »
  • Healthcare and higher ed could be broke by spring Play Video

    December 14, 2015 8:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health care and higher education could be broke by spring if money isn't raised for state services. There's a $227 million shortfall for Medicaid and the college tuition program, TOPS, according to Jan Moller with the Louisiana Budget Project. "This is an extremely serious situation," said Moller.... more »
  • Louisiana residents slow to enroll in health care coverage

    December 3, 2015 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 43,400 Louisiana residents have signed up for health care coverage next year under the Affordable Care Act. The enrollment figure in federal Health Insurance Marketplace plans is as of Nov. 28 and is nearly a quarter of last year's total so far. Experts say many... more »
  • Audit: Millions in equipment missing from LSU hospitals

    November 30, 2015 12:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly $6 million in state-owned hospital equipment can't be located, and millions more bought for the recently-opened New Orleans public hospital hasn't been tracked properly. That's according to an audit released Monday from the Legislative Auditor's Office that looked at the LSU Health Care Services Division... more »
  • Edwards still plans to expand Medicaid Play Video

    November 23, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards plans to expand Medicaid early on in his term. Louisiana is one of twenty states that hasn't expanded the program offered under the Affordable Care Act. "We're going to do it as soon as we can, as responsibly as we possibly can, and... more »
  • Obama: Sign up for uninsured getting harder

    September 22, 2015 12:02 PM

    WASHINGON - The Obama administration says it's getting harder to sign up those remaining uninsured under the president's health care law. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell on Tuesday gave three reasons why the 2016 sign-up season will be a bigger challenge: The most eager customers have already signed... more »
  • Large call center for veterans to open in Jefferson

    August 31, 2015 6:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say an Arizona-based health-care company has picked Jefferson Parish as the location for a multi-regional call center for its work contacting veterans in need of care. The Jindal administration announced Monday that TriWest Healthcare Alliance will open the center by November. The company's work... more »
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 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' 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 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 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 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 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 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 »

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