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  • Kennedy says it's time to vote on health care

    July 11, 2017 9:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. John Kennedy says if he thinks the Senate GOP health care bill being negotiated behind the scenes is even a modest improvement over current law, he'll support it. Kennedy responded Tuesday to Senate Republican leaders' announcement that a reworked health care bill will be... more »
  • Two GOP senators suggest bill to repeal health care law 'dead'

    July 9, 2017 2:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - The initial GOP bill to repeal and replace the nation's health law is probably "dead" and President Donald Trump's proposal to just repeal it appears to be a "non-starter. That's what two Republican senators are indicating Sunday as their party scrambled to salvage faltering legislation. Sen.... more »
  • Louisiana senator finds health care frustration at town hall Play Video

    June 30, 2017 7:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A town hall meeting held by U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy to talk about flood recovery in Louisiana's capital city was at times derailed by people trying to pressure the Republican to vote against the Senate GOP's proposed health rewrite. Cassidy is a doctor who worked... more »
  • Audit says Senate bill would leave 22M uninsured

    June 26, 2017 4:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate health care bill would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade compared to current law. That's according to an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The figure may further complicate Senate GOP leaders' plans to pass their bill... more »
  • Trump says he favors more money for health care

    May 28, 2017 9:10 PM

    President Donald Trump is turning his attention to domestic issues after his nine-day trip to the Middle East and Europe. In a tweet Sunday night, the president calls for putting more money into the health care system. And he says he wants it to be "the best anywhere." Trump also... more »
  • GOP health bill: 23M more uninsured; sick risk higher costs

    May 25, 2017 7:53 AM

    WASHINGTON - Nonpartisan budget analysts for Congress have released a largely damaging report on the House-passed health care bill. It says the Republican legislation would leave 23 million more Americans uninsured. Many people with medical problems could face unaffordable coverage options. The Congressional Budget Office says premiums on average would... more »
  • Budget office to gauge health bill effect on coverage, cost

    May 24, 2017 8:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office plans to release its estimate Wednesday of what impact the Republican House-passed health care bill would have on coverage and premiums. The report could give talking points to House Republicans for their bill, or to Democrats who voted unanimously against it. For GOP... more »
  • Senate Republicans quietly working on health overhaul bill

    May 22, 2017 7:50 AM

    WASHINGTON - Washington is fixated on President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey and burgeoning investigations into possible connections between Trump's presidential campaign and Russia. But in closed-door meetings, Senate Republicans are trying to write legislation dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law. They would substitute their own... more »
  • GOP lawmaker cautions health care bill is Obamacare 'tweak'

    May 12, 2017 7:51 AM

    MARSHALLTOWN - A Republican congressman who campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act is cautioning constituents that the House GOP replacement bill is just "a tweak of Obamacare." Two-term Iowa Republican Rod Blum indicates that the GOP bill would have gone further if he had his way. Blum represents a... more »
  • Proton cancer therapy plans for Baton Rouge, New Orleans

    May 10, 2017 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two companies plan proton radiation centers for cancer therapy in Louisiana: an $85 million center in Baton Rouge and a $100 million one in New Orleans. Louisiana's economic development agency says both expect to open by late 2019. It said Wednesday that Baton Rouge-based Provident ProtonCare expects... more »
  • Senate Dems ask GOP to drop their plan to repeal 'Obamacare'

    May 9, 2017 10:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are asking Republican leaders to drop their effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law. If they do, they're offering to help them "improve the health care system for all Americans." Democrats say they'd work with the GOP to reduce premium and drug costs, stabilize... more »
  • Back on TV, Kimmel zings critics of his health care plea

    May 9, 2017 7:39 AM

    LOS ANGELES - Jimmy Kimmel zinged his critics as he returned to late-night TV, arguing again that all Americans deserve the level of health care given his infant son. Back on the air Monday after a week's absence, Kimmel said his son, Billy, is recovering well from open-heart surgery for... more »
  • Trump: Australian health care system better than US

    May 5, 2017 10:47 AM

    BRANCHBURG - President Donald Trump says Australia has a better health care system than the U.S., a comment that's attracting attention because Australia offers universal health care, which Republicans oppose. In his meeting Thursday with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Trump said the existing U.S. system was failing: "I shouldn't... more »
  • Experts: Those already sick still face coverage problems

    May 5, 2017 8:43 AM

    Experts say the change in the House Republican health care bill that helped secure its passage may make little difference in the hunt for affordable coverage for people with pre-existing health problems. The bill proposes setting aside an additional $8 billion over five years to help states cover those who... more »
  • House GOP votes to gut Obama health care law

    May 4, 2017 7:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - Relieved Republicans have pushed their prized health care bill through the House. The mostly party-line 217-213 vote advances a bill that addresses their longtime pledge to erase the 2010 Obama health care law. Thursday's vote sends the measure to the Senate. Many senators consider the House bill too... more »
  • Repeal or spare? Pressure is on moderates over health care

    May 2, 2017 7:53 AM

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Moderate House Republicans face heavy pressure from both sides on the question of whether to scrap Democrat Barack Obama's health care law. How do their voters feel? That's not simple. In interviews in the members' districts, Associated Press reporters found constituents deeply divided over the Affordable Care... more »
  • House GOP leaders unveil their version of Louisiana budget

    May 1, 2017 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Republican lawmakers are advancing a rewritten budget proposal that would spend hundreds of millions less next year than Gov. John Bel Edwards wants. The spending plan would protect the TOPS college tuition program by making cuts to health care. The more than $28 billion operating budget... more »
  • Trump promotes revamped health care bill

    May 1, 2017 9:17 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is promoting a revamped health care overhaul effort after failing to advance legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act in his first three months in office. Trump tweeted Sunday that a "new healthcare plan is on its way," promising lower premiums and protection... more »
  • Insurers say Trump must do more to stabilize 'Obamacare'

    April 14, 2017 8:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - "Obamacare" is proving more of a challenge than the Trump administration bargained for. With the "repeal and replace" effort at an impasse on Capitol Hill, the administration on Thursday released fixes to stabilize the Affordable Care Act's shaky insurance markets for next year. But the insurance industry quickly... more »
  • Trump says health care before tax reform

    April 12, 2017 3:19 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is saying he may reshuffle some of his major domestic priorities. After Republican leaders pulled their health care bill back from a House vote last month, Trump signaled that he was ready to move on to tax overhaul and other issues. But on Wednesday, Trump... more »
  • House GOP abruptly pulls troubled health care bill

    March 24, 2017 5:04 AM

    UPDATE: WASHINGTON - Republican leaders have abruptly pulled their troubled health care overhaul bill off the House floor, short of votes and eager to avoid a humiliating defeat for President Donald Trump and GOP leaders. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., withdrew the legislation after Trump called him and asked... more »
  • McConnell warns Republicans on health bill

    March 21, 2017 10:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is warning fellow Republicans of political consequences if they oppose health care legislation coming up for a vote in the House this week. In an interview Tuesday with The Associated Press, McConnell says: "I would hate to be a Republican whose vote prevented... more »
  • Trump says he's '100 percent' behind health bill

    March 17, 2017 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump says he wants people to know he's "100 percent behind" the House Republican health care bill. Trump is meeting with Republican lawmakers at the White House Friday morning. Trump says the attendees were "mostly no's, yesterday" and now they're all yes's." Trump says the press... more »
  • GOP health plan: Tax cuts for rich; hits older people hard

    March 16, 2017 7:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - The House Republican healthcare plan provides big tax cuts for wealthy families and insurance companies, but it hits older people hard. Many older Americans would face higher health insurance premiums and smaller tax credits to help obtain coverage. In all, the bill provides $883 billion in tax relief... more »
  • AMA won't back GOP's health overhaul as drafted

    March 8, 2017 9:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - The American Medical Association says it won't support the proposed health care plan as drafted by congressional Republicans. The nation's largest physicians group says the proposal is critically flawed and a threat to coverage for poor and sick people in the United States. The AMA has sent a... more »
  • Congressman: People might need to choose either healthcare or an iPhone

    March 7, 2017 11:34 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The fight over healthcare took a powerful turn Tuesday morning when a high-ranking Republican in the U.S. House likened people's decision about healthcare to purchasing the latest gadgets. “A mericans have choices and they've got to make a choice. So maybe rather than getting that new... more »
  • Pence says health overhaul won't leave poor out

    March 1, 2017 8:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence says "no one is going to fall through the cracks" as a result of Republican plans to replace the nation's health care law. Pence was referring to people on Medicaid, the federal-state program for low income Americans that is managed by the states. As... more »
  • Former House speaker predicts 'Obamacare' won't be repealed

    February 23, 2017 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - Former House Speaker John Boehner predicted on Thursday that a full repeal and replacement of "Obamacare" is "not going to happen." Boehner was forced out by conservatives in 2015. The Ohio Republican says he started laughing when he heard President Donald Trump and Republicans promise swift action on... more »
  • 6 universities to benefit in health care case

    February 7, 2017 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's insurance commissioner says six state higher education institutions will divide more than $2.7 million - the result of the dissolution of a failed health maintenance organization. Jim Donelon says in a Monday news release that LSU-Shreveport, Southern University, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, the University of New Orleans and... more »
  • Risk to women's health benefits seen in health law repeal

    February 2, 2017 9:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican push to repeal the Obama-era health care law already is raising concerns that women could be hit hard. The 2010 law ended a common insurance industry practice of charging women more than what a man would pay for policies purchased individually. It made maternity and newborn... more »
  • North Baton Rouge emergency room groundbreaking set for Tuesday Play Video

    January 27, 2017 12:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Our Lady of the Lake will host a groundbreaking ceremony on a new emergency room in Baton Rouge Tuesday. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place Tuesday, Jan. 31 from 9 to 10 a.m. at the LSU Health Baton Rouge North Clinic on Airline Highway. Hospital... more »
  • Obama derides 'reckless' plan to repeal now, replace later

    January 6, 2017 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is deriding as "reckless" a Republican plan to repeal his health care law now and replace it later. Obama is urging lawmakers to come up with an alternative to the Affordable Care Act before voting to gut it. He writes in the New England Journal... more »
  • GOP unveils initial 'Obamacare' repeal measure

    January 3, 2017 2:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Republicans have already introduced legislation that's a precursor to repealing much of the Affordable Care Act. Successful passage of the measure would allow a detailed follow-up repeal bill to pass through Congress without fear of a filibuster by Senate Democrats. Tuesday's measure doesn't contain any policy language.... more »
  • Health nonprofit sues Louisiana for cuts, alleges defamation

    December 20, 2016 10:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A government-financed nonprofit aimed at improving Louisiana's health information technology is suing the state health department. The Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum says the agency hasn't paid $12 million in promised funding. The lawsuit also claims Health Secretary Rebekah Gee is attempting to undermine the nonprofit's reputation by... more »
  • Aramark to lay off more than 200 employees at Lafayette Medical Center

    October 17, 2016 10:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Aramark Healthcare Services, LLC, stationed at the Lafayette Medical Center, has announced that more than 200 employees will be laid off later this year. Lafayette Medical Center did not renew its contract with the company and will result in Aramark ceasing operations at the hospital on Dec.... more »
  • Former VP of healthcare company pleads guilty to stealing $7.6 million

    October 12, 2016 3:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A former corporate executive has been sentenced for stealing more than $7.6 million from a Baton Rouge based health services company. Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that 41-year-old Michael David Pitts was sentenced to 48 months in the Bureau of Prisons which will be followed by three... more »
  • 4 plead guilty in health care fraud scheme

    October 6, 2016 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Jan. 5 sentencing date has been set in New Orleans for four people who pleaded guilty in a health care conspiracy case. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said in a Wednesday news release that the four were part of a scheme involving the distribution of Medicare-funded "talking... more »
  • Obama says he supports veterans' health care recommendations

    September 1, 2016 5:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he supports a congressional panel's recommendation to create a veterans' health care system that coordinates government and private care. The recommendation is among a total of 18 issued in July by the Commission on Care. Congress created the panel following a scandal over long... more »
  • Blue Cross, Blue Shield eases some restrictions

    August 25, 2016 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's largest health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield, has relaxed some restrictions to ensure that customers affected by the recent flooding can get health care, medicine and medical supplies. The company said in a news release Blue Cross is expanding its more extensive Preferred Care PPO... more »
  • Governor's budget chief: Deficit from last year 'inevitable'

    August 8, 2016 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' top financial adviser says it's "inevitable" Louisiana will have a deficit to close from the last budget year, though it's too soon to say how large the gap will be. Commissioner of Administration Jay Dardenne said Monday there's one more week of tax... more »
  • Medicaid expansion enrollment reaches 250,000 in Louisiana

    July 16, 2016 3:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 250,000 people have been enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program, which began offering health insurance coverage this month. The Louisiana Department of Health announced the latest figures Friday. The state's budget estimates 375,000 will eventually be enrolled, to reach the $180 million savings target assumed... more »
  • New peak for US health care spending: $10,345 per person

    July 13, 2016 4:42 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new government report says the nation's health care tab is expected to surpass $10,000 per person this year for the first time. The new peak means the Obama administration hasn't solved the problem of high health care costs and will pass it on to its successor. Number... more »
  • Louisiana 1st state in Deep South to expand Medicaid

    June 30, 2016 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is becoming the first state in the Republican-dominated Deep South to expand its Medicaid program. More than 233,000 people - largely the working poor - have been enrolled so far in the government-financed insurance coverage offered under the health law championed by President Barack Obama. The... more »
  • Lawmakers approve budget, look to raise taxes in special session

    June 5, 2016 10:08 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers passed a budget Sunday evening that slashes funding for both TOPS scholarships and hospitals. The approved cuts means the TOPS scholarship would be cut in half, costing an LSU student about $1,800 to go to school next year. The healthcare cuts could hurt health... more »
  • Edwards signs 1-year moratorium on pediatric health centers

    June 2, 2016 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - New Medicaid-financed centers aimed at helping "medically fragile" children won't be created in Louisiana for one year. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a measure placing a one-year moratorium on pediatric day health care centers, not allowing any new ones into the state-funded program until... more »
  • Lawmakers back 1-year delay on new pediatric health centers

    May 12, 2016 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to block the creation of new Medicaid-financed centers aimed at helping "medically fragile" children. With an 85-0 vote Wednesday, the House gave final legislative passage to a measure placing a one-year moratorium on pediatric day health care centers, not allowing any new ones... more »
  • La. plans to use food stamp data in Medicaid expansion

    May 7, 2016 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health department officials say they are confident they will receive federal approval for a plan to use data from food stamp applications to qualify people for Medicaid. The Times-Picayune reports the approach will allow the Department of Health and Hospitals to automatically qualify tens of thousands... more »
  • Feds issue new standards for Medicaid insurance plans

    April 25, 2016 5:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is setting new standards for Medicaid private insurance plans, now the main source of coverage for millions of low-income people. The rules issued Monday address insurers operating as Medicaid middlemen in 39 states. Each state runs its own program, although the federal government pays... more »
  • Back in session: Higher education, healthcare could face cuts

    March 14, 2016 8:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The new legislative session began today, and Governor John Bel Edwards delivered grim news to lawmakers regarding the state budget in his opening address. Lawmakers didn't raise enough money in the special session to keep critical services from being cut. Under state law, they can't raise... more »
  • Parents plead for taxes to pay for their children's services Play Video

    March 2, 2016 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators weighing deep cuts to state services were wiping away tears as parents pleaded for them to pass tax hikes to protect programs that help them care for their children. Health care services that serve thousands with developmental disabilities are threatened as lawmakers decide how to close... more »
  • VA watchdog releases reports on wait-time manipulations

    February 29, 2016 5:44 PM

    WASHINGTON - Reports documenting scheduling problems and wait-time manipulation at the Department of Veterans Affairs are being made public, as the agency's internal watchdog bows to pressure from members of Congress and others to improve transparency. The VA's Office of Inspector General released 11 reports Monday outlining scheduling problems and... more »
  • Town hall to address north Baton Rouge issues Play Video

    February 18, 2016 11:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Metro Councilwoman Chauna Banks hosted a town hall meeting Thursday to talk about improving the economic well-being of north Baton Rouge. The meeting was moderated by Gary Chambers, co-owner of The Rouge Collection. Town hall panelists include Sen. Regina Barrow, Adam Knapp of the Baton Rouge... more »
  • Edwards addresses lawmakers as special session begins Play Video

    February 14, 2016 3:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two of Louisiana's prominent Republican politicians were targets in Gov. John Bel Edwards' speech to open the legislative session. The Democratic governor never named former Gov. Bobby Jindal and state Treasurer John Kennedy directly. But he took digs at Jindal as helping to create the state's financial... more »
  • Edwards releases budget proposal without taxes, only cuts Play Video

    February 13, 2016 3:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has presented its doomsday budget to lawmakers. Edwards' chief financial adviser Jay Dardenne unveiled Saturday what next year's budget looks like if Louisiana cuts more than $2 billion in state financing to close a budget gap, rather than raise taxes. He called... more »
  • Medicaid expansion expected to roll out in May

    January 27, 2016 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state health department hopes to start signing up eligible people for Medicaid expansion by May, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Officials at the Department of Health and Hospitals believe 300,000 more Louisianans will have Medicaid cards 'in hand' and can start using them July 1. DHH... more »
  • Needed step for Medicaid expansion: Hiring enrollment staff

    January 22, 2016 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Before anyone can get insurance coverage through Louisiana's planned Medicaid expansion, the state needs to hire the workers who will sign patients up for that coverage. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is working to have health care providers pick up that short-term $2.8 million cost for salaries,... more »
  • Future neighborhood clinic destined for former Jeep dealership property

    January 21, 2016 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center has purchased property located in the 6800 block of Florida Boulevard, formerly the Brian Harris Jeep dealership, with preliminary plans to construct a new neighborhood clinic. OLOL says neighborhood clinics are designed to bring healthcare directly to patients... more »
  • Sanders health plan would be more generous than Medicare

    January 21, 2016 11:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says his plan for a government-run health care system from cradle to grave is like Medicare for all. But with full coverage for long-term care, most dental care included, no deductibles and zero copays, the Sanders plan is considerably more generous. Think of... more »
  • Mother arrested after child is found with brain injury, human bite marks

    January 14, 2016 10:19 PM

    ZACHARY - A mother was booked into jail Thursday, accused of abusing her two-year-old child. Deputies wrote in arrest documents, emergency care workers reported a possible case of abuse after seeing the child of Doneisha Renee Carter before Christmas. Carter complained her son would not eat, was irritable, vomiting,... more »
  • President Obama greets excited crowd in Baton Rouge Play Video

    January 14, 2016 9:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A crowd of hundreds greeted President Barack Obama with cheers and shouts as he entered McKinley High School Thursday, and the president responded with "Geaux Tigers!" The president was introduced by Che'dra Joseph , McKinley High School's Student of the Year. The school gym where Obama's... more »
  • Louisiana ACA's enrollment tops 193,000

    January 14, 2016 8:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The number of Louisiana residents who got coverage through the federal insurance marketplace reached 193,249 as of Jan. 9, roughly 7,000 more than last year's total. For the first time, HealthCare.gov's figures included numbers for the state's metro areas. In the New Orleans area, 79,984 consumers either picked... more »
  • Survey: US progress on health insurance stalled in 2015

    January 7, 2016 11:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - A major survey out Thursday finds that progress has stalled on reducing the number of uninsured Americans under President Barack Obama's health care law. The share of U.S. adults without health insurance was 11.9 percent in the last three months of 2015, and essentially unchanged from the start... more »
  • Edwards sets July 1 date for planned Medicaid expansion

    January 6, 2016 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards has set an ambitious timeline for a Medicaid expansion, saying he wants to have government-funded health insurance cards in thousands more people's hands by July 1. To make that happen, his new health care leader says Louisiana will have to hire an estimated... more »
  • Health care repeal vote to open a political year in Congress

    January 2, 2016 3:18 PM

    WASHINGTON - This will be the year when Republicans finally put legislation on President Barack Obama's desk repealing his health care law. It's the first order of business when the House reconvenes this coming week. And it's a sharply partisan start on Capitol Hill to an election year in which... more »
  • Audit: Monitoring of Medicaid program deemed deficient

    December 8, 2015 8:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A state legislative audit shows the state health agency failed to properly oversee an $18 million a year program that provides non-emergency medical transportation to Medicaid recipients. The audit, released Monday, marked the seventh time the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals received audit findings that could result... more »
  • Senators seek plan to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program

    December 7, 2015 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State senators are asking Louisiana's health department to draw up a Medicaid expansion proposal within weeks, as they ready for a new governor who wants to tap into that provision of the federal health care law. Lawmakers have repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion plans, siding with Republican Gov.... more »
  • High court skeptical of state power to gather health data

    December 2, 2015 11:48 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court appears skeptical that state officials have the power to require health insurers to turn over reams of data revealing how much they pay for medical claims. During oral arguments Wednesday, most of the justices seemed to agree that efforts by Vermont and other states to... more »
  • Medicaid expansion timeline under Edwards may be slowed

    November 24, 2015 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While he pledged to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program on "day one" in office, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is finding out that might be trickier than he thought. The financing plan enacted by lawmakers is caught up in a swirl of legal questions, and Edwards is saying... more »
  • Jindal proposes cuts, patchwork financing to close deficit Play Video

    November 18, 2015 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal proposes to cut $150 million across agencies, tap into the state "rainy day" fund and use piecemeal financing to close a $487 million budget deficit. Public colleges will be shielded from cuts. The state health department, however, will have to shrink its state spending... more »
  • Lawmakers meet with hospital chief to shutdown closure rumor mill

    October 30, 2015 4:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In an effort to try and ease the nerves of many, lawmakers met with the CEO of Baton Rouge General to discuss the plans for the Mid City campus. Earlier this week , the hospital announced it was moving its burn unit to the Bluebonnet facility.... more »
  • Feds: Switch plans, save on health insurance

    October 30, 2015 3:47 PM

    CHICAGO- "It pays to shop" is the message from the government, two days before the start of the third sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The Department of Health and Human Services released data Friday on next year's prices in the insurance markets established by the law.... more »
  • Plan targets health care bias against transgender people

    September 3, 2015 11:20 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it wants to end discrimination against transgender people throughout the health care system. The new protections are part of a much broader proposed regulation released Thursday by the Department of Health and Human Services. The long-delayed rule amounts to a manual for carrying out... more »
  • Medicare turns 50 Play Video

    July 28, 2015 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- At the end of the week America’s first nationalized healthcare, Medicare, will turn 50 years old. Medicare is a federal program that provides health insurance coverage for more than 50 million Americans. Before Medicare, senior citizens were plagued by poverty, shorter life spans and very few... more »
  • 2 Baton Rouge-area women accused of Medicaid fraud

    July 7, 2015 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Two Baton Rouge-area women have been booked with Medicaid fraud. State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a news release Monday that the women allegedly claimed services that were never rendered. Caldwell said 55-year-old Beatrice Scott, of Springfield, allegedly filed 149 false claims, billing Medicaid for $8,500. She... more »
  • 4 South Louisiana organizations get New Markets Tax Credits

    June 17, 2015 7:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Four South Louisiana organizations have received a total of $220 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits, which they plan to invest in small businesses that create quality jobs and in projects that offer education and health care to poor people. AMCREF Community Capital, Capital One Community... more »
  • House conservatives offer plan to replace Obama's health law

    June 4, 2015 5:07 PM

    WASHINGTON - House conservatives are offering their plan for repealing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul and replacing it with tax breaks and other changes. But they're divided over whether to replace that law's subsidies for lower-earning people should the Supreme Court annul them this month. The Republican Study Committee,... more »
  • National Healthcare Decisions Day Play Video

    April 16, 2015 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Tax day is officially over, and it's time to start thinking about healthcare. April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day so Dr. Nelson from the Louisiana Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment Coalition stopped by 2une In to talk about what Americans need to know about healthcare. ... more »
  • Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition Play Video

    April 8, 2015 7:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The open enrollment deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act passed in February, but some people are getting another chance. A special enrollment period is happening through the end of the month. This morning Doug Wilkinson, from the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition,... more »
  • Leaders to host forum on community's desire for EKL site

    March 9, 2015 10:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - City and state leaders want to hear what people would like to see replace the shuttered Earl K. Long Hospital. Thursday, there is a forum to discuss what people might envision. The meting is hosted by State Senator Sharon Weston Broome, State Representative Regina Barrow and... more »
  • Sen. Cassidy talks immigration, healthcare and more Play Video

    February 19, 2015 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It's been whirlwind few months for new U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy. At the end of 2014, the then-representative defeated incumbent Democrat Mary Landrieu to earn a spot in the Senate. Now that he's been sworn in, he's in the think of debates over immigration, healthcare and energy.... more »
  • Outraged leaders point finger at Jindal for ER closure Play Video

    February 11, 2015 5:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Political and community leaders blame the Jindal administration for creating the issues which forced Baton Rouge General to close their Mid-City emergency room. The group said the area served by the hospital would be a "Jindal Death Zone" if the ER stays closed. "It's going... more »
  • New privacy concerns over government's health care website

    January 20, 2015 2:26 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers. But a little-known side to the government's own health insurance website has prompted renewed privacy concerns. When you apply for coverage on HealthCare.gov, dozens of data companies may be able to tell that you are on... more »
  • Inside the 'Earl' Play Video

    December 2, 2014 7:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The charity hospital along Airline Highway will soon be gone as the state works on securing a contract to begin demolition of Earl K. Long. The hospital was closed in April 2013, when the state dismantled its charity hospital system. It will cost about $2... more »

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