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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    July 23, 2014 2:47 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover operatives were able to get subsidized health care in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is... more »
  • House, Senate move to improve health care for vets

    June 11, 2014 2:58 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care could soon get help from Congress. The Senate is poised to vote by Thursday on a measure making it easier for veterans who've encountered delays getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors... more »
  • Data problems could jeopardize health insurance coverage

    June 4, 2014 1:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - A government document provided to The Associated Press says more than 2 million people who got health insurance under President Barack Obama's law have data discrepancies that could jeopardize coverage for some. Two million people works out to about one out of four who signed up, creating a... more »
  • Nevers proposes Jindal's health insurance for La. check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    May 7, 2014 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After failing to get enough support to try and expand Medicaid coverage in Louisiana, Sen. Ben Nevers (D-Bogalusa) proposed on Wednesday instead that Louisiana implement Governor Bobby Jindal's healthcare model and see if it can work first here in his home state. "It's not about partisan... more »
  • At the Capitol: Rep. Patricia Smith on the key issues check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 26, 2014 7:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Representative Pat Smith (D) sat down with Whitney Vann on 2une In Wednesday to talk about some of the big issues at the legislative session. Watch the video to hear her take on education reform, incarceration rates, payday loans, and healthcare. more »
  • Healthcare deadline approaches check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 10, 2014 8:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The deadline to sign-up for healthcare to avoid a tax penalty is March 31st. Doug Wilkinson, a state coordinator for the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, stopped by 2une In Monday to tell you what options you have to avoid the fee. Watch the video for more... more »
  • Sebelius visits New Orleans for health care

    February 8, 2014 10:24 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wants Louisiana residents to sign up for the Affordable Care Act by March 31. The Times-Picayune reports that Sebelius met with customers and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Friday. Sebelius wanted to remind people to that they have... more »
  • Obamacare deadline pushed back a day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 23, 2013 5:33 PM

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

    December 23, 2013 12:47 PM

    CHICAGO - The federal government has extended the deadline for signing up for healthcare insurance through Tuesday. The extension is in case of heavy demand on the government website, according to Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the agency overseeing the health overhaul. Bataille said the grace period is... more »
  • Obama to meet with health insurance CEOs

    November 15, 2013 9:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, trying to rescue his much-criticized health care program, is set to discuss strategy with health insurance CEOs. The White House meeting scheduled for Friday comes after Obama announced a substantial change to the law. The president said Thursday that insurance companies can offer... more »
  • Town of Slaughter corrects bookkeeping problems

    November 13, 2013 8:17 AM

    SLAUGHTER - A financial audit for the town of Slaughter for the fiscal year 2012-2013 shows late payments for insurance and employee health care coverage, improper bank reconciliation of funds and late bond reserve payments. Auditors say the problems were all due to a town clerk out on an... more »
  • Donelon: At least 80,000 face canceled policies

    November 5, 2013 8:46 AM

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

    October 28, 2013 7:50 AM

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

    October 8, 2013 7:41 AM

    WASHINGTON - Americans trying to sign up for health insurance under the new law are experiencing more problems. The online enrollment system was down again early today for upgrades. And consumers in different parts of the country reported delays Monday, as well as problems setting up security questions for... more »
  • Area doctors agree obesity is a disease

    June 19, 2013 9:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The American Medical Association is classifying obesity as a disease, and doctors around the capital city are backing the move. Tuesday, top doctors said they made the change in an effort to reduce heart disease and type 2 diabetes, which are often linked to obesity. ... more »
  • Experts say grads finding health, engineer jobs

    May 3, 2013 4:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a few short weeks thousands of college students will be off campus and hopefully off to work. "It's not easy by no means but it's a rewarding feeling you know to know that you're about to be an adult with a degree," says Southern University... more »
  • Earl K. Long Memorial closes this weekend check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 12, 2013 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In less than three days, Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital will shut its doors for good. The hospital's closing due to changes in the LSU Health System and state budget cuts. Officials have transferred much of the hospital's services to other hospitals and clinics around... more »
  • Govt appeals judge's contraceptive mandate ruling

    January 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is appealing a judge's order that is temporarily preventing the government from forcing a Christian publishing company to provide its employees with certain contraceptives under the new health care law. In November, U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton granted a preliminary injunction sought by Tyndale House... more »
  • Vote planned on Jindal health outsourcing contract

    November 9, 2012 8:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - After a shake-up on the House budget committee, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is returning to lawmakers to ask permission to outsource a state employee health insurance plan. Jindal's top budget adviser shelved a vote last week when it became clear the contract between the Office of... more »
  • Obama vows to protect women's health care rights

    October 25, 2012 1:32 PM

    TAMPA, Fla. - A new Associated Press-GfK poll suggests Mitt Romney has erased President Barack Obama's advantage among women. Obama has been renewing his pitch to female voters today. In the midst of a marathon, cross-country campaign trip, he made a veiled reference to Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock's comment... more »
  • Protestors rally on Capitol steps against Obama Health Care Act

    October 20, 2012 8:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE- With only three weeks left to the presidential election Healthcare and religion are still hot button issues. Today protesters converged on the state capitol and spoke out against Obama's Affordable Care Act. They join thousands across the country is what's being called the Stand Up For Religious... more »
  • Vote delayed on Jindal health privatization plan

    October 18, 2012 6:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have scrapped a planned Thursday vote on Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to hire a private company to manage a state employee health insurance plan. The delay, announced a day before the scheduled hearing, has prompted claims the Jindal administration didn't have enough votes from the... more »
  • Patients with pre-existing conditions look forward to insurance check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 28, 2012 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Starting in 2014, it will be illegal for health insurance companies to make people with pre-existing conditions pay higher rates or deny them coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Some clinics like Baton Rouge Primary Care treat patients who don't have insurance. The clinic allows them to... more »
  • Court upholds individual mandate in health care law

    June 28, 2012 9:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - The individual mandate survives. The Supreme Court has upheld the heart of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul -- ruling in favor of the requirement that most Americans can be required to have health insurance, or else pay a penalty. The decision means the historic overhaul will continue... more »
  • Florida to carry out health law if upheld by court

    June 20, 2012 12:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - Florida's Republican governor - one of the staunchest opponents of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul - says his state will carry out the law if the Supreme Court upholds it. Gov. Rick Scott told reporters Wednesday "if it is the law of the land, then we are... more »
  • House approves GOP bill repealing medical tax

    June 7, 2012 4:49 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has shrugged off a veto threat and passed legislation repealing a tax on companies that produce many medical devices sold in the United States. Lawmakers approved the measure 270-146. Majority Republicans won support from three-dozen Democrats representing states where medical equipment makers have a heavy presence... more »
  • LSU health cuts may affect thousands check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 6, 2012 5:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The LSU Health Care system is making nearly $7 million in cuts involving the Earl K. Long Hospital System. As part of those moves, the EKL Mid City Pediatric Clinic on North Foster Drive will close March 2nd. LSU officials say it is necessary to deal with... more »
  • La. Medicaid program has $127M shortfall

    November 1, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Medicaid program for the poor, elderly and disabled has a nearly $127 million state funding shortfall. The state health department announced the deficit figure Tuesday. But the Department of Health and Hospitals says it will use available federal funds to plug much of the gap,... more »
  • 2 companies protest La Medicaid contract choices

    August 9, 2011 10:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two companies have protested Louisiana's choice of other companies to run managed care networks for $2.2 billion of the state's Medicaid program. Aetna Inc. says Aetna Better Health wants information submitted in contract proposals, and state Department of Health and Hospital records about the scoring, made... more »
  • Ochsner, Iberville Parish extend hospital negotiations

    May 20, 2011 10:23 AM

    PLAQUEMINE - Iberville Parish officials and administrators with Ochsner Health System have extended their negotiations to bring a hospital back to the parish. Parish President J. Mitchell Ourso and Mitch Wasden, CEO of Ochsner Health System Baton Rouge Region, announced the extension to their letter of intent through June... more »
  • Gov. Jindal announces plan for youth services network

    March 3, 2011 12:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal announced a new initiative today to network all the state's services for youth into one system in order to give better care to youth with behavioral health needs. Jindal said the system would include leadership from the state's four child-serving agencies; the Office... more »
  • Jindal Medicaid revamp hits wall of criticism

    January 19, 2011 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to turn over large chunks of Louisiana's Medicaid program to private managed care companies is coming under heavy criticism from lawmakers and health providers. They say the plan will divert resources to insurance company profits and away from health services. Health and Hospitals... more »
  • State budget better than originally thought

    January 12, 2011 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal described his feelings toward protecting higher education and health care as optimistic. Since April, cuts to higher education have dropped from 32 percent to less than 10 percent. Commissioner of Administration Paul Rainwater says that's because of many creative solutions aimed to generate... more »
  • Senate passes health package for 9/11 workers

    December 22, 2010 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed a package of health care and economic aid for people sickened by dust from the ruins of September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The measure was passed on a voice vote with no one objecting after Democrats and Republican critics... more »
  • 20 states ask judge to throw out Obama health law

    December 16, 2010 1:27 PM

    PENSACOLA, Fla. - Attorneys for 20 states fighting the new federal health care law told a judge Thursday it will expand the government's powers in dangerous and unintended ways. The states want U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson to issue a summary judgment throwing out the health care law without a... more »
  • WH: Health care ruling does not create uncertainty

    December 13, 2010 1:09 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says it disagrees with a Virginia judge's ruling declaring a key provision of President Barack Obama's health care law unconstitutional. But officials say it does not create uncertainty about the implementation of the law's provisions. "Our belief is that when all the legal wrangling is... more »
  • Helpline set up for folks stressed by Gulf spill

    October 7, 2010 7:04 AM

    A toll-free helpline has been set up for people who need help from behavioral healthcare professionals in the wake of the BP oil spill. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has set up the oil spill distress line, using BP funds. The number to call is: 1-800-985-5990. HHS... more »
  • Volunteers organize free clinic in New Orleans this week

    August 30, 2010 10:26 AM

    People without health insurance can get the care they need at a free clinic in New Orleans this week. The National Association of Free Clinics is holding a large medical clinic for the uninsured this Tuesday and Wednesday, August 31 and September 1, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.... more »
  • High-risk pool applications begin

    July 1, 2010 11:39 AM

    Louisiana residents who have been shut out of the individual insurance market because of their medical history can start applying for policies in a federal high-risk pool. That's part of the health insurance overhaul pushed by President Barack Obama. The Obama administration says the high-risk coverage should begin sometime... more »
  • Senate votes to spare doctors from Medicare cuts

    June 18, 2010 12:49 PM

    The Senate has passed a bill to temporarily spare doctors from a scheduled 21 percent cut in Medicare payments. The measure would delay cuts for six months while lawmakers work on a more permanent solution. The bill now goes to the House, which won't be able to take it... more »
  • Owners of medical staffing firm arrested for fraud

    May 19, 2010 5:22 AM

    The owners of First Choice Medical Staffing in Ville Platte have been arrested on a fraud charge. Brett McElwee and Daniel Fuselier surrendered at the Evangeline Parish Sheriff's Office on Tuesday. Investigators say McElwee and Fuselier under-reported their company's payroll and number of employees in order to cut the cost... more »
  • Health care reform local impact

    March 22, 2010 10:33 AM

    News 2's Luke Margolis talks to small business owners, doctors and patients with pre-existing injuries to find out how the passage of healthcare reform affects you. He'll have the latest, live on News 2 at 4, 5 and 6. more »
  • Hoyer: Dems will have votes for health care bill

    March 21, 2010 10:00 AM

    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says Democrats will have the 216 votes needed to pass health care reform when it comes to the floor for a vote. The Maryland Democrat predicts that the bill, President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy, will pass on Sunday because the majority of Americans... more »
  • La. senators split over health care reform

    March 4, 2010 5:05 AM

    Louisiana's U.S. senators are split down party lines over President Barack Obama's proposal for a vote on a health care overhaul. Democrat Sen. Mary Landrieu favors going ahead with the vote while Sen. David Vitter doesn't. President Barack Obama wants Congress to use the so-called reconciliation process, which would let... more »
  • Congressman Bill Cassidy talks about healthcare

    March 1, 2010 6:55 AM

    The healthcare debate heats up in Washington as the President tries to get a bipartisan bill. Rep. Bill Cassidy sat down with JP with the latest. more »
  • Rep. Charlie Melancon holds listening tour today

    March 1, 2010 6:48 AM

    Rep. Charlie Melancon will meetings where you can voice your opinion on creating jobs, strengthening the economy, and bringing more bipartisanship to Washington. This morning Rep. Melancon sat down with Whitney Vann with more. Monday, March 1st New Roads Listening Tour Stop Cactus Rose Restaurant 8:00 a.m. Baton... more »
  • Blue Cross and FMOL come to tentative agreement

    January 21, 2010 9:54 PM

    There's a tentative deal between Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Franciscan Missionary of Our Lady Health System. Right now details are vague, but the agreement should last 27 months. Negotiations between Blue Cross and FMOL broke down late last year when the two parties could not reach an... more »
  • Rep. Bill Cassidy talks healthcare and Haiti earthquake

    January 14, 2010 7:34 AM

    There's a lot going on in Washington with the situation in Haiti, to health care, to the recent controversial comments by Senator Harry Reid. Representative Bill Cassidy joined Whitney Vann for an insider's view. more »
  • Governor Makes Decision On Budget Cuts

    December 22, 2009 9:25 PM

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