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  • 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 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 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 »
  • House panel backs ban on tanning beds for minors

    March 12, 2014 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Anyone under the age of 18 would be banned from using tanning beds, if lawmakers agree to a proposal backed by the House health care committee. New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno, a Democrat, says her bill would help prevent skin cancer associated with exposure to ultraviolet radiation... more »
  • Steady health care sign-ups may miss goal of 6M

    March 11, 2014 3:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The administration says President Barack Obama's health care law made steady progress in February, with more than 940,000 people signing up for coverage. Even so, it's starting to look like the White House could well miss the unofficial goal of signing up 6 million people by the... more »
  • Budget Office: 2.5 million fewer jobs due to Obamacare

    February 4, 2014 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office says President Barack Obama's health care law will mean a reduction of about 2.5 million jobs in 2024, ten years from now. The nonpartisan CBO says the law will affect both the supply and demand for labor. It's a big increase from the... more »
  • Flu fight continues in Louisiana Play Video

    January 3, 2014 6:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is one of 25 states experiencing widespread flu activity as the season nears its peak. Only ten states, including Louisiana, had widespread activity last week. "Typically the flu season peaks in January or February, so we're still early on, and we're seeing a significant increase... more »
  • Big part of health care overhaul to go into effect

    December 31, 2013 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - Many of the major features of the federal health care overhaul go into effect on January 1. They include new benefits, an insurance mandate, and the risk of more coverage disruptions. Almost all Americans will be required to have health insurance. Insurers can no longer... more »
  • White House: Healthcare.gov on track

    December 1, 2013 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The government claims more than 50,000 people can log on to its troubled health care website and more than 800,000 people will be able to shop for insurance coverage each day. Officials from the Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday released a progress report on... more »
  • Health overhaul- small business delay

    November 28, 2013 6:07 AM

    CHICAGO (AP) - Small businesses interested in buying marketplace health insurance plans for their workers will have to purchase them from agents, brokers or insurance companies for the next year, rather than through the government website. The Obama administration is delaying the launch of its online portal to the health... more »
  • Supreme Court to hear cases on birth control mandate

    November 26, 2013 11:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the dispute over a birth control mandate in President Obama's health care law. The issue has seen different rulings in lower courts over whether employers should be required to cover birth control for their employees or they can opt out due... more »
  • Few in La. use Obamacare site to get insurance

    November 13, 2013 9:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The problem-plagued Obamacare website has assisted fewer than 400 people in Louisiana in signing up for health insurance. The online marketplace is part of the president's health care revamp. The site has problems and left many people unable to enroll for coverage despite numerous attempts. Fewer... more »
  • Fewer than 400 in La. sign up for insurance

    November 13, 2013 2:37 PM

    WASHINGTON- The administration says fewer than 27,000 people managed to enroll for health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on the problem-filled federal website for President Barack Obama's overhaul. In Louisiana, the number was 387 people. More than 7,700 people in the state have filled out applications... 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 »
  • Hollywood targeted to give health-care law a boost

    November 4, 2013 8:55 AM

    LOS ANGELES- The health care overhaul might get a Hollywood rewrite. The California Endowment, a private foundation that is spending millions to promote President Barack Obama's signature law, recently provided a $500,000 grant to ensure TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched... more »
  • Appeals court rules against birth control mandate

    November 1, 2013 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two Ohio business owners who challenged the birth control mandate in the new federal health care law have won a ruling in an appeals court. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia says the mandate limits the right to free exercise of religion. ... more »
  • Sebelius apologizes for healthcare rollout fiasco

    October 30, 2013 7:37 AM

    WASHINGTON - Defending President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care overhaul in Congress, his top health official was confronted Wednesday with a government memo raising new security concerns about the trouble-prone website that consumers are using to enroll. The document, obtained by The Associated Press, shows that administration officials at the... 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 »
  • Obama vows to fix health care signup problems

    October 21, 2013 8:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - A lot of people who've been trying to register for the online insurance exchanges that are part of President Barack Obama's health care law have been frustrated by computer problems -- but Obama says nobody is more frustrated about it than he is. Speaking at a Rose Garden... more »
  • Homework involved to apply for health insurance

    September 30, 2013 4:16 PM

    WASHINGTON - Getting covered under President Barack Obama's health care law feels like a cross between doing your taxes and making an important purchase that requires research. During a media preview Monday Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said "nothing like this has ever existed before." You'll need accurate... more »
  • New rules approved for home health care workers

    September 17, 2013 11:57 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has approved new rules that extend minimum wage and overtime protections to home health care workers. The new rules will impact about 2 million workers. Home care aides have been exempt from federal wage laws since 1974, when they were placed in the same category... 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 »
  • Vitter favors shutdown over funding "Obamacare"

    August 15, 2013 12:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter told a packed town hall meeting that he will support a federal government shutdown this fall rather than agree to pay for President Barack Obama's health care law. Vitter was speaking at the Jones Creek Library in Baton Rouge this morning. He... more »
  • Landrieu: State dragging its feet on health revamp

    August 14, 2013 2:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Louisiana officials are dragging their feet in helping put in place the health care changes required by the federal Affordable Care Act. Landrieu said Wednesday that the state should have taken the lead in creating the health insurance marketplace for people to... more »
  • House OKs 40th effort to repeal health law

    August 2, 2013 11:33 AM

    WASHINGTON - Republicans have pushed legislation through the House preventing the Internal Revenue Service from implementing any part of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. It's the 40th time the chamber has voted to repeal all or part of the 2010 law. The bill is sure to be ignored by... more »
  • Dr. Z answers CoolSculpting questions Play Video

    July 15, 2013 5:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Today on News 2 at 4, aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Ann Zedlitz discussed new ways to make fat cells disappear. CoolSculpting targets new areas now like arms and thighs. Dr. Z talked about how the process and introduced us to a woman who has had it... more »
  • Blue Cross describes health law impact on premiums

    July 10, 2013 3:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's largest private health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, estimates two-thirds of its customers who buy their own policies will pay the same premiums or less under the federal health care overhaul. But that's only if people take advantage of federal subsidies being offered... 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 »
  • Obama admin delays major requirement of health law

    July 2, 2013 5:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it's delaying a major part of the president's health care overhaul law, the requirement that medium and large companies offer coverage. In an announcement late Tuesday from the Treasury Department, the administration said it has heard requests from business groups for additional time to... more »
  • Pro-Obama group airing health ads

    June 17, 2013 11:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - An outside group supporting President Barack Obama's agenda plans to air a series of ads this summer promoting Obama's health care overhaul. Organizing for Action intends to spend at least $1 million this summer on ads to draw attention to the implementation of the health care law, including... 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 »
  • Senators hear from public on next year's budget

    May 24, 2013 2:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who rely on the state for health care and educational programs traveled to the Louisiana Capitol to ask senators to pay for those services in next year's budget. For hours Friday, the Senate Finance Committee heard requests for cuts to be reversed, for programs to be... more »
  • House overwhelmingly refuses to expand Medicaid

    May 21, 2013 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has rejected an attempt to provide government-subsidized health insurance to thousands of people with the Medicaid dollars available under the federal Affordable Care Act. The 59-37 vote against the Medicaid expansion proposal appeared to kill the issue for the legislative session. The Senate's budget... more »
  • Another round for the House on 'Obamacare'

    May 16, 2013 5:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - One more time, with feeling! The Republican-led House has voted yet again to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, knowing full well that won't stop it. Thursday's party-line vote marked the 37th time in a little over two years that the House has voted to eliminate, defund... more »
  • GOP boycotts health care advisory board

    May 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - The battle over President Barack Obama's health care law continues to play out today -- with congressional Republicans saying they won't nominate candidates for an advisory board that's supposed to play a role in holding down Medicare costs. The board would have the power to force payment cuts... more »
  • Tele-medicine service to increase for La. prisons Play Video

    May 8, 2013 5:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Department of Corrections plans to increase over the Internet diagnosis and treatment by nearly 600 percent. Corrections is rushing to sign a state contract to provide 17,000 annual tele-med check-ups to thousands of inmates. Deputy Secretary Thomas Bickham said the department was caught... more »
  • House committee strips $500M from budget

    April 29, 2013 1:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The House budget-writing committee stripped nearly $500 million in patchwork financing proposed by Gov. Bobby Jindal from next year's $24 billion budget. The move would mean steep cuts on health care and colleges. But the proposed cuts approved Monday by the Appropriations Committee aren't necessarily expected to... more »
  • Lawmakers weigh in on Medicaid expansion

    April 24, 2013 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are taking their first votes on whether they want to cover more uninsured people in the state's Medicaid program, as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act. Both the House and Senate health care committees have hearings scheduled Wednesday on Medicaid expansion bills. ... 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 »
  • Career Academy gives students new path in life Play Video

    March 7, 2013 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Career Academy aims to give students another option when they graduate high school. The school teaches students one of four trades, alongside a traditional high school education, including welding, automotive repair, culinary arts and health care services. "I was one of those kids, I never... more »
  • EKL reducing services

    March 7, 2013 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Declining staff levels at LSU's Earl K. Long Medical Center and its clinics in Baton Rouge have led to a reduction of inpatient and outpatient services to the poor and uninsured. Employee departures have picked up since late January when LSU officials moved up the Long facility's... more »
  • Jindal says he won't reconsider Medicaid expansion

    February 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is holding firm to his decision not to expand Louisiana's Medicaid coverage under new health care reforms, despite the participation of several other Republican governors. Jindal said Thursday he won't be including the federal funding for a Medicaid expansion in his state budget proposal... more »
  • Health care budget cuts begin this week

    January 28, 2013 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's Medicaid hospice care received a last-minute reprieve from shutdown, but Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is moving ahead with other health care cuts this week. Slated for elimination are programs that provide behavioral health intervention services for at-risk children and that pay for at-home visits by... more »
  • Mandeville workers to get free health insurance

    January 25, 2013 8:50 AM

    MANDEVILLE- The Mandeville City Council has voted to continue providing health insurance at no cost to city workers rather than have them pay for a portion of the premiums. On Thursday, the council asked Mayor Donald Villere to use money the city will save through a reduction in the cost... more »
  • Bill filed in Miss. seeks to nullify federal laws

    January 25, 2013 6:17 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - In a state that defied the union during the Civil War and Civil Rights era, two lawmakers want Mississippi to block some current and future federal laws. Republican state Reps. Gary Chism and Jeff Smith have filed a bill to form the Joint Legislative Committee on... more »
  • Insurers may prove choosy with overhaul exchanges

    January 17, 2013 3:36 PM

    UNDATED - UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley is warning analysts not to assume that the insurer will participate widely in a key health care overhaul coverage expansion that unfolds later this year. State-based exchanges will debut this fall and allow people to sign up for coverage online, with some using income-based... more »
  • Unusual respite from surging health care costs

    January 7, 2013 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government says Americans kept health care spending in check for three consecutive years. It's an unusual respite, since health care usually surges ahead of overall economic growth. Will the relief linger? That's not clear. It could fade if jobs come roaring back as the economy recovers. The... more »
  • Red states, too, get health care nod from Obama

    January 3, 2013 11:10 AM

    WASHINGTON- Some bipartisan cooperation may finally be breaking out in the nation's contentious battle over health care overhaul. The Obama administration announced Thursday that four red states are on the list of those getting the initial go-ahead to build their own health insurance marketplaces. Open enrollment for millions... more »
  • Utah Gov asks Obama to approve state's exchange

    December 11, 2012 2:31 PM

    SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking President Barack Obama to approve the state's health insurance exchange and declare that it meets the requirements of the federal health overhaul. Herbert sent the letter Tuesday ahead of Friday's deadline for states to decide if they'll do their own... more »
  • Government extends deadline for health care decision

    November 15, 2012 5:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has given states another month to decide what role, if any, they'll play in carrying out the new health care law. Instead of having to declare their intentions by Friday, states now have until Dec. 14, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in... more »
  • GOP-led states start warming up to health care law

    November 15, 2012 1:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - From the South to the heartland, the once-solid wall of Republican resistance to President Barack Obama's health care law is cracking. Ahead of a federal deadline Friday for states to declare their intentions, Associated Press reporters interviewed governors and state officials around the country. AP found surprising openness... more »
  • Liberal group outlines substantial Medicare cuts

    November 14, 2012 12:11 PM

    WASHINGTON - A think-tank with ties to the White House is looking to prevent a raid on health care programs during upcoming budget talks. It's released a plan today for some significant savings -- mostly from Medicare. The blueprint from the Center for American Progress spares Medicaid and the new... more »
  • States get more time to work on health care plans

    November 9, 2012 3:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - Many states are still on the fence about President Barack Obama's health care law. Now the administration says governors can have more time. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a letter to governors Friday that she still wants to hear by the end of next... more »
  • State lawmakers looking for compromise with federal health care plan Play Video

    November 8, 2012 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Some state lawmakers hope Governor Bobby Jindal will help work through issues with President Obama's healthcare reforms, now that the election is over. The health care plan is aimed at guaranteeing health care coverage for the uninsured, among other reforms. Governor Jindal had previously stated he... more »
  • Site launched to help La. children's well-being Play Video

    October 9, 2012 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's a new way to track how children are growing, and for the first time, all the data is in one central location. The Louisiana Kids' Dashboard website, launched by the Governor's Children's Cabinet, tracks statistics about eduction, health care and safety. It was developed as... more »
  • Another LSU System health care leader replaced

    September 5, 2012 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Another top leader of LSU's health care system is being replaced, as the Jindal administration pushes the university-run network of hospitals and clinics to change its approach to providing services. Roxane Townsend will no longer lead the LSU Health Care Services Division, which runs seven of the 10... more »
  • Anti-Medicaid states: Earning $11,000 is too much

    August 14, 2012 10:18 AM

    MIAMI - Sandra Pico is poor, but not poor enough. She makes about $15,000 a year, supporting her Florida family. She thought she'd be getting health insurance after the Supreme Court upheld the health care law. Then she learned her own governor won't agree to expand Medicaid under the law... more »

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    August 1, 2014

    BATON ROUGE - The westbound, outside land of the I-10 Mississippi River Bridge will be closed this weekend for a routine bridge inspection. The... more »
  • Eli Edwards turns 1
    Eli Edwards turns 1

    August 1, 2014

    GONZALES- The Edwards are celebrating the birthday of Eli, born a year ago Friday. "Hard to believe it's been an entire year since we... more »
  • Money for border battle stuck in D.C.
    Money for border battle stuck in D.C.

    August 1, 2014

    WASHINGTON - The House approved a $694 million bill to address the crisis of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, many of whom have sought... more »
  • Vitaminwater gives in
    Vitaminwater gives in

    August 1, 2014

    NEW YORK- Fans of Vitaminwater complained so much about the new sweetener, Coca-Cola is going back to the original formula. The company changed the... more »
  • When you're a billionaire
    When you're a billionaire

    August 1, 2014

    LANAI CITY, HAWAII- Billionaire Larry Ellison, the CEO of Oracle Corp. now owns every hotel room on the island of Lanai in Hawaii. He... more »