December 16, 2014 4:13 PM
WASHINGTON - Sign-ups under President Barack Obama's health care law surged last week, driven by a deadline for getting covered by Jan. 1, officials said Tuesday. Unlike last year, the HealthCare.gov website was working well. More than 1 million people picked a plan from Dec. 6 through Dec. 12, bringing... more »
December 5, 2014 12:48 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 29 decreased to 1,698 from the previous week's total of 2,547, a drop attributed to a short work week due to the Thanksgiving holiday. For the comparable week a year... more »
November 18, 2014 7:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - Open enrollment has begun for those wanting to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. There are some changes this year, including increased fines for being uninsured and a shorter enrollment period.
"The biggest single change is that the fines have tripled," Louisiana Healthcare Education... more »
November 15, 2014 8:24 PM
BATON ROUGE -
"I mean, you have other insurances that you can get, pay a lower deductible...and then you have Obamacare that's supposed to help the citizens and to me it's an illusion," that's what Blaine Ehrlich had to say about the Affordable Care Act.
But Marlon Corey... more »
November 14, 2014 12:49 PM
WASHINGTON - Many of the 7 million consumers who got insurance under the president's health care law will see premiums go up next year, unless they're willing to switch to another plan. That was the assessment of independent analysts as the Health and Human Services department released a massive computer... more »
November 10, 2014 12:06 PM
WASHINGTON - The administration is dialing back expectations for health insurance sign-ups in the second year of President Barack Obama's big push to cover uninsured Americans. A report released Monday by the Health and Human Services department estimates that 9 million to 9.9 million paying customers will enroll for 2015.... more »
November 7, 2014 12:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Under pressure from lawmakers and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is lessening the impact of changes planned March 1 for the state worker health insurance program.
Increases in out-of-pocket costs and deductibles for current retirees have been scrapped, and they've been reduced for active employees. As... more »
November 7, 2014 11:59 AM
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a new challenge to President Barack Obama's health care law.
The justices on Friday say they will decide whether the law authorizes subsidies that help millions of low- and middle-income people afford their health insurance premiums.
A federal appeals... more »
November 7, 2014 10:52 AM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says starting this weekend, consumers can get an early peek at 2015 premiums and plans under the president's health law. Open enrollment starts Nov. 15, a week from Saturday. But Lori Lodes, spokeswoman for HealthCare.gov, said Friday that consumers will be able to "window shop"... more »
October 3, 2014 3:34 AM
NEW ORLEANS - The operator of a collapsed brine mine that apparently created a 37-acre sinkhole in south Louisiana has asked the state insurance commissioner to make an insurance company pay on a $50 million policy. New York-based Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. has asked the federal court in Houston to... more »
September 3, 2014 5:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - Officials say a major insurance company is joining Louisiana Medicaid in refusing to pay for early C-sections or induced deliveries unless a doctor says they're needed for a mother's or baby's health. Officials from Blue Cross and Blue Shield joined state health Secretary Kathy Kliebert on Wednesday... more »
August 13, 2014 7:50 PM
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA- A woman who was videotaped walking the runway in a beauty pageant was busted for fraud because she was collecting workers' comp benefits after claiming she had a broken toe.
The California State Department of Insurance says Shawna Lynn Palmer claimed she broke her toe while working... more »
June 18, 2014 6:32 PM
SORRENTO - A former mayor who cost Sorrento half-a-million dollars in a car crash settlement is back on the town's payroll.
Brenda Melancon was arrested, but never indicted, after a deadly wreck with a motorcycle in 2007. Now she's the clerk for Sorrento Police after the former clerk resigned.... more »
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 »
June 6, 2014 6:27 PM
BATON ROUGE- The Biggert Waters Act of 2012 sent some flood insurance premiums in Louisiana through the roof, but now those payments should be more manageable.
The Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, passed in March, brings insurance premiums back down to their previous level for homes purchased before 2012.... more »
May 29, 2014 8:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - Hurricane season is here, and now is the time to make sure you're insurance ready. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon stopped by 2une In Thursday to tell you everything you need to know to be prepared.
Forecasters are predicting a light hurricane season, but all it takes... more »
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 »
April 23, 2014 3:21 PM
BATON ROUGE- If you are one of roughly 3,000 individuals who participated in a class action lawsuit against the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corporation and never claimed your settlement proceeds, the money is now Unclaimed Property.
That's according to State Treasurer John Kennedy. "Regardless of the reason why this... more »
April 3, 2014 6:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Health care leaders are responding as the number of people committed for mental illness is on the rise.
Baton Rouge Police said they spend a lot of time with diagnosed patients who stop taking their medications. The Coroners Office ordered 6,000 patients be involuntarily committed for... more »
March 28, 2014 10:04 AM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 22 decreased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims fell to 2,131 from the previous week's total of 2,232. There were 2,057 initial claims during the comparable week... more »
March 26, 2014 11:25 AM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is giving more time for people to complete applications for health insurance, if they had already started the process.
Health and Human Service spokesman Aaron Albright said the administration will be ready to help people "in line" by the March 31 deadline finish their... more »
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 »
March 19, 2014 8:55 AM
BATON ROUGE - Each year, millions of dollars in rebates goes unclaimed because people do not file their taxes correctly to get their maximum refund.
Louisiana Department of Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon visited 2une In Tuesday to tell you about his campaign to educate people on Citizens Assessment rebates.... more »
March 19, 2014 8:48 AM
BERLIN - German insurance company Allianz says it has made initial payments in connection with the missing Malaysian Airlines plane. Allianz's global head of communication Hugo Kidston confirmed Wednesday that the Munich-based insurer and "other co-reinsurers of Malaysia Airlines aviation hull and liability policy have made initial payments." Kidston said... more »
February 28, 2014 11:37 PM
SORRENTO- An insurance quote for the town's police force was fraudulent and the man who wrote it was arrested, according to an arrest warrant obtained by WBRZ News 2 Friday.
Henry Beard, Jr. faces acts prohibited charges. Investigators said he kept doing insurance work, illegally, after he lost his... more »
February 25, 2014 11:41 AM
BATON ROUGE - A federal judge has received assurances that three insurance companies won't immediately stop accepting premium payments from a federal program that helps HIV and AIDS patients cover costs.
After receiving the pledge that no payments would be rejected before April 1, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson... more »
February 19, 2014 2:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- People in Louisiana with HIV or AIDS are facing roadblocks in getting health insurance through the online marketplace created under the federal health law. Most participating insurance companies say they won't accept payment from a federal program that helps the patients cover their health costs. The decision started... more »
February 18, 2014 10:31 PM
SORRENTO- City leaders delayed a decision on selecting an interim police chief Tuesday.
Instead of dealing with the issue, the council decided it was best to wait until a special meeting next week. The town must appoint someone soon, or the governor's office will be required to make the... more »
February 18, 2014 2:42 PM
BATON ROUGE- Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon's office says the number of people in Louisiana who won't be able to keep their current insurance coverage because of the federal health overhaul has dropped to 62,000. President Barack Obama allowed insurance companies the option for one year to keep offering consumers plans... more »
February 17, 2014 4:31 PM
BATON ROUGE- The state's elected insurance watchdog blames lawyers in New Orleans for the state's exorbitant car insurance premiums.
Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said "ambulance chasers" have designed a framework industry to increases costs and maximize settlement claims. Donelon called it a "soft tissue industry."
"It's made up... more »
February 17, 2014 1:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending February 8 increased from the previous week's total. The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,392 from the previous week's total of 1,988. There were 2,829 initial claims during the same time period... more »
February 11, 2014 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - A delayed requirement for some businesses to provide health insurance for all their employees may not affect Louisiana as much as other states, but it is creating confusion for some business owners.
Florist Billy Heroman Jr. in Baton Rouge already provides insurance for his 85 employees,... more »
February 10, 2014 4:51 PM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Some property owners in West Feliciana Parish saw homeowners insurance double because they live too far away from a fire station in the parish.
The fire protection district will discuss adding two new stations to meet insurance requirements for property owners. Melvin Harvey owns a camp... more »
February 5, 2014 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- A Louisiana man says he's lost in the gap between government assistance and private insurance, despite claims by the state that he should be covered.
Robert Reed says despite visits to numerous hospitals and attempts to get advice or help from several health care providers, he still... more »
February 4, 2014 10:28 PM
SORRENTO - The Sorrento City Council tabled two insurance quote offers that would insure the police department Tuesday night.
The Sorrento Police Department was dissolved after it lost coverage in November. The chief and assistant are still patrolling the town and answering calls during the day, while the sheriff's... more »
February 3, 2014 6:05 PM
SORRENTO - The Sorrento town council has an additional insurance quote to consider ahead of their Feb. 4 council meeting.
The quote, which was discussed briefly at the previous council meeting, offers liability insurance for the chief of police and his assistant for a premium of about $45,000 per... more »
January 30, 2014 2:06 PM
WASHINGTON- The Senate has passed a bill to delay premium hikes for years on hundreds of thousands of homeowners who buy flood insurance from the federal government. The 67-32 vote reflects widespread concern about changes enacted two years ago to shore up the program's finances.
The changes are producing... more »
January 21, 2014 10:25 PM
SORRENTO- The Chief of Police was absent from the council meeting Tuesday as his assistant presented the quote for liability insurance to town leaders.
The quote, which was offered by a high risk insurer, wasn't complete enough for the council to make a decision, so it decided to table... more »
January 20, 2014 1:45 PM
HARTFORD, Conn.- Worried about the groom getting cold feet? There's an insurance policy for that. With the cost of the average American wedding reaching about $26,000, insurers have been selling a growing number of policies to protect against losses from extreme weather, illness and even a change of heart. Cheryl... more »
January 16, 2014 5:13 PM
SORRENTO - The Sorrento Police Department received a quote for liability insurance that finally gives them the chance to reopen.
Indian Harbor Insurance Company, a surplus line carrier, offered a quote for liability insurance for the department with a premium of $34,937 a year.
Surplus lines are typically... more »
January 7, 2014 7:06 PM
SORRENTO - The Sorrento City Council struck a deal with the Ascension Parish Sheriff Tuesday night that continues to have deputies patrol the town since the police department can not after losing its insurance coverage.
But, the deal only guarantees a deputy in the town from 4:30 p.m. to... more »
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 »
November 28, 2013 11:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Insurance is joining a lawsuit against rate hikes in the National Flood Insurance Program.
Commissioner Jim Donelon say the department filed a "friend of the court" brief in Mississippi's lawsuit against the federal government.
The lawsuit says the Federal Emergency Management... more »
November 25, 2013 9:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - Many homeowners are patiently waiting on lawmakers to vote on the Flood Insurance Affordability Act. If the legislation does not pass, insurance rates for homeowners could skyrocket.
The new rules have caused home values to drop because of the uncertainty over rates and the fact that... more »
November 20, 2013 2:28 PM
AUSTIN, Texas - Lance Armstrong has reached a settlement with an insurance company that sought more than $3 million for bonuses it paid him for winning the Tour de France from 1999 to 2001. Nebraska-based Acceptance Insurance sued Armstrong earlier this year after he admitted using performance-enhancing drugs during his... more »
November 19, 2013 6:28 PM
SORRENTO - Town council members rejected an insurance proposal Tuesday night that would allow the Sorrento Police Department to continue operating, paving the way for the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office to take over protection for the town.
"The sheriff saved the day," said Sorrento Mayor Mike Lambert. "I did... more »
November 18, 2013 5:41 PM
SORRENTO- Mayor Mike Lambert caused a scene at a special town council meeting when he erupted in front of the public and began yelling at the audience.
During the meeting, he lashed out a police employee, telling her to "Keep your mouth shut!" while pointing into the audience. He... more »
November 15, 2013 11:59 AM
BATON ROUGE - First-time unemployment insurance claims are up from last week in Louisiana. Figures released for the state Department of Labor show initial claims increased from 2,309 to 2,707.
The comparable week a year earlier had 3,089. The four-week moving average increased to 2,425 from the previous week's... more »
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 »
November 14, 2013 4:24 PM
SORRENTO - The Sorrento Police Department has one offer on the table to provide insurance to keep the department open.
The town of Sorrento is currently considering the only liability insurance quote they have of $67,692. That's nearly $40,000 more than the department's current insurance, which is set to... more »
November 14, 2013 8:04 AM
SORRENTO - With just five days remaining until liability insurance coverage for the Sorrento Police Department ends, town officials are quickly running out of options to continue police protection for residents.
Options presented to council members at a special meeting Wednesday were to accept the lone insurance company willing... more »
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 »
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 »
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 »
November 5, 2013 10:29 PM
SORRENTO - Mayor Mike Lambert says it's up to an insurance company to accept the risk of taking on the Sorrento Police Department.
The town has two weeks to find viable insurance to back its police department before the current insurance will lapse the morning of Nov. 19.
... more »
November 5, 2013 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents are realizing an uncomfortable truth; they won't get to keep their individually-purchased insurance when new health care regulations kick in next year.
Duane Leger received a letter that his policy didn't meet the essential care standards of the Affordable Care... more »
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 »
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 »
October 25, 2013 5:54 PM
BATON ROUGE - The companies offering health insurance in Louisiana through the Affordable Care Act are refusing to tell state officials how many people have signed up.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and Vantage Health Plan would only tell the Louisiana Health Care Commission today that it's... more »
October 25, 2013 2:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - The three companies offering health insurance plans to Louisiana residents on the federally-run online health marketplace won't say how many people have been able to sign up. The marketplace website has been plagued with computer problems. Though the problems are not of their own making, representatives of... more »
October 23, 2013 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Congressional staff members met with Louisiana legislators today to discuss their strategies to curb rising flood insurance premiums before the Biggert-Waters Act takes effect.
The law was enacted to help bolster the National Flood Insurance Program, which isn't solvent following several national disasters. It intends to... more »
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 »
October 15, 2013 7:58 AM
BATON ROUGE - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana is dropping its RxBlue prescription drug plans in 2014.
It means 13,000 seniors enrolled in the Blue plans will have to find new Medicare Part D coverage. Blue Cross notified RxBlue members by letter they will need to join... more »
October 9, 2013 2:29 PM
BATON ROUGE - Insurance companies say they're seeing a slow increase of people in Louisiana signing up for health insurance plans through the federally-run marketplace. But people are still having trouble accessing the website, and the numbers of insurance enrollees in the state remain low. Vantage Health Plan is one... more »
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 »
September 16, 2013 6:04 PM
GREENSBURG - Saint Helena Parish has been without liability insurance for their buildings for at least a decade. The reason: no money to cover the expense.
A yearly audit showed there is no liability insurance coverage of parish property, meaning if someone is injured in a parish building, or... more »
August 20, 2013 10:33 AM
UNDATED - An annual survey shows that the average cost for employer-sponsored health insurance rose modestly this year, but it still outpaced worker wage increases. That means that in many cases workers are seeing a larger portion of their paycheck sliced off to cover health insurance. The survey was conducted... more »
August 19, 2013 10:20 PM
PORT ALLEN - Insurance for a new city fire rescue truck has officially been paid.
Port Allen's insurance provider confirms it received a check for $2,383 Monday. The bill has been paid in full.
The truck has been stored at Station 1 since it was delivered last week.... more »
August 15, 2013 11:54 AM
BATON ROUGE - State officials have given Louisiana's property insurer of last resort the approval needed to bump up its bank line of credit to $125 million. Backing Thursday from the State Bond Commission gives the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. more resources to cover claim costs if the state... more »
August 13, 2013 10:33 PM
PORT ALLEN - Fire fighters at Fire Station 1 in Port Allen welcomed a new Ferrara fire truck to their fleet Tuesday morning.
But, it was not met without controversy. For hours after its arrival, there was no money to pay the insurance on the truck, so it was... more »
August 9, 2013 10:55 PM
BATON ROUGE- Deputies arrested a woman, accused of burning her car and claiming it was stolen.
Investigators said Victoria Anderson could not afford a repair bill, so she reported the car as being stolen and it was found burned. Deputies said she burned it.
Anderson's mechanic said the... more »
July 29, 2013 2:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 20 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show 3,035 initial claims compared to 3,764 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,978 from... more »
July 22, 2013 10:31 AM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 13 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show 3,764 initial claims compared to 2,084 a week earlier. The four-week moving average of initial claims increased to 2,975 from... more »
July 17, 2013 4:34 PM
BATON ROUGE - The governing board for Louisiana's property insurer of last resort wants to boost its bank line of credit, to give the company enough wiggle room to cover costs in case of a storm. The Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. approved a proposal Wednesday to increase its line... more »
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 »
June 28, 2013 4:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state's insurance commissioner has named a new chief executive to run Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., the state-run insurer of last resort. Commissioner Jim Donelon said Thursday he has named David Thomas to take the helm of the company. Thomas will replace Richard Robertson, who resigned... more »
June 28, 2013 11:49 AM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending June 22 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 3,026 from the previous week's total of 2,915. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »