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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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' check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • 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 »

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