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  • FAQs about the National Flood Insurance Program

    September 19, 2016 3:54 PM

    Q: I have a homeowner's insurance policy. Why would I buy flood insurance? A: Flood damage is not typically covered by a homeowner's insurance policy. Q: If my home is flooded, won't federal disaster assistance pay for my damages? A: Not necessarily. Most forms of federal disaster... more »
  • FEMA says flood insurance rates remain unchanged after flood

    September 15, 2016 2:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – According to FEMA, last month's flood will not cause flood insurance to rise above already scheduled annual increases. The agency says that last month's severe flooding does not trigger remapping of flood zones or changes in base flood elevations. If residents' home or businesses were damaged and... more »
  • FEMA extends deadline to file proof-of-loss claims for flood victims

    September 13, 2016 10:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA has granted an extension for Louisiana National Flood Insurance Program policyholders to file their proof-of-loss claims. The extension allows policyholders 120 days from the date of their loss to file a flood insurance claim. The extension doubles the 60-day deadline that the Louisiana National Flood... more »
  • Insurance commissioner request Proof of Loss filing extension

    September 8, 2016 11:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said he is asking FEMA to extend the filing deadline for Louisiana policyholders impacted by the historic flooding. According to a statement Thursday, Donelon said FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program requires homeowners to file a “Proof of Loss” form within 60 days... more »
  • FEMA extends grace period to renew flood insurance policies in affected parishes

    August 22, 2016 5:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE – FEMA announced that the grace period to renew flood insurance policies has been extended to 120 days for affected Louisiana parishes. The grace period has been extended to 120 days and applies to the 20 declared disaster parishes: Acadia, Ascension, Avoyelles, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Evangeline,... more »
  • Emergency Rule 27: Insurance during a disaster

    August 22, 2016 11:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon has issued what is known as Emergency Rule 27 - an order to protect residents who live in parishes that will receive a Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government because of the flood. Here is what it means for you:... more »
  • Refunds due to 1,500 retirees in state insurance program

    August 1, 2016 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - About 1,500 people in Louisiana's health insurance program for state workers, public school employees and retirees have been overcharged for their coverage and are due refunds. That's the word from Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration, which has released the preliminary findings of an audit of the Office... more »
  • OMV to send out more fines to drivers with lapsed car insurance Play Video

    June 28, 2016 7:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE – More fines are coming from the Office of Motor Vehicles for drivers with expired car insurance. The OMV plans to send out thousands more later on this year and will likely begin in September. The fines can range from $125 dollars to $650 for each offense. Since... more »
  • Audit: Privatization of state insurance program saved $10M

    June 27, 2016 1:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says former Gov. Bobby Jindal's privatization of claims processing and loss prevention services for Louisiana's self-insurance program saved the state money, though less than projected. The Jindal administration privatized the Office of Risk Management work in June 2010, awarding the $75 million contract to... more »
  • Enrollment for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion opens Wed.

    May 31, 2016 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People interested in getting insurance coverage through Louisiana's new Medicaid expansion can begin signing up Wednesday. Residents can apply online at www.healthy.la.gov or by phone at 1-888-342-6207. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee also are expected to announce local application centers at... more »
  • Are you covered? The answer is a call away

    May 17, 2016 7:39 AM

    With the many and significant threats to property posed by a tropical cyclone, call your insurance company or agent now, before the season. Ask for an insurance check-up to make sure you have enough homeowners insurance to repair or even replace your home. Don’t forget coverage for your car or... more »
  • State: Car insured by Affirmative? Get new coverage. Now.

    May 8, 2016 11:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Office of Motor Vehicles reminds drivers whose vehicles are insured by Affirmative Insurance or Affirmative Casualty Insurance that they need to have new coverage by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Otherwise, says Commissioner Karen G. St. Germain, they could face a penalty for cancelled insurance. The Illinois Department... more »
  • Some Monroe residents dropped flood insurance, now regret it

    April 3, 2016 9:04 PM

    MONROE - Some Monroe homeowners dropped flood insurance when they got the choice, and are now regretting it. Frenchman's Bend Homeowners Association President Jonathan Oglesbee says some homeowners in the area got notices from their mortgage company saying they were no longer required to buy flood insurance. That happened after... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    April 1, 2016 1:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending March 26 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,497 from the previous week's total of 2,878. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Study: $3B will be wasted on unused portion of cancer drugs

    March 1, 2016 5:22 PM

    High prices for cancer medicines aren't the only reason they cost insurers and patients so much. A study finds waste pads the bill, because infused cancer drugs are distributed in the U.S. in vials that usually contain more medicine than patients need. Most of the time that excess is... more »
  • Insurance adjusters survey damage in Livingston Play Video

    February 25, 2016 5:51 PM

    LIVINGSTON - Insurance adjusters continued to survey storm damage Thursday in the town of Livingston. Alex Prokop with Safeco Insurance will visit at least 15 homes this week in Livingston after an EF-2 tornado damaged at least 30 structures Tuesday afternoon. Prokop says insurance adjusters try to put customers at... more »
  • A step forward for measuring health care quality

    February 16, 2016 2:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - The government, doctors' groups, insurers and patient advocates say they're coming together on a common set of measurements for what constitutes quality health care. A collaborative representing the various players Tuesday released quality measures for seven broad areas: primary care, cardiology, digestive system, HIV and hepatitis C,... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise

    February 12, 2016 1:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Feb. 6 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims rose to 3,084 from the previous week's total of 3,083. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Drop-off old, unwanted prescriptions at newly installed disposal boxes Play Video

    February 10, 2016 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Secure boxes have been installed at area police and sheriff headquarters in an effort to curb prescription drug abuse. "T here is a misconception that just because it's prescribed by a doctor, that makes it safe," Kandyce Cowart, the manager of federal investigations at Blue Cross/Blue... more »
  • 214,148 people sign up for health coverage in Louisiana

    February 4, 2016 6:17 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - New enrollment numbers show 214,148 people in Louisiana signed up for coverage under President Obama's health care act. The third open enrollment period ended Sunday. National and state enrollment figures were released Thursday. They mark an increase in Louisiana. More than 186,000 signed up during... more »
  • Obama health care law posts respectable sign-up season

    February 4, 2016 4:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says 12.7 million people have signed up for private insurance or renewed coverage under the president's health care law, respectable results for a program still in political jeopardy. Expectations were low when 2016 open enrollment started on Nov. 1. Premiums were rising, and many... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    January 29, 2016 12:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 23 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 2,658 from the previous week's total of 3,485. For the comparable week a year... more »
  • Congressional agency reduces health law sign-up predictions

    January 25, 2016 3:31 PM

    WASHINGTON - A report confirms that fewer people than expected are purchasing health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law. The Congressional Budget Office study released on Monday says that 13 million people are likely to purchase policies through the Affordable Care Act, down about 8 million from... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana fall

    January 22, 2016 12:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Jan. 16 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims fell to 3,485 from the previous week's total of 4,203. For the comparable week a year... 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 »
  • Initial unemployment claims in Louisiana rise

    December 18, 2015 11:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 12 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 2,443 from the previous week's total of 2,414. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Deadline near for drivers to respond to collection letters Play Video

    November 16, 2015 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Another round of 700,000 collection letters have gone out to Louisiana drivers, notifying them they have 30 days to pay fines for lapsed insurance coverage before their cases get turned over to a state collection agency. In an update Monday, the Office of Motor Vehicles said 55,000... more »
  • Citizens Property Insurance continues to shed policies

    November 13, 2015 9:49 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's property insurer of last resort expects to shift about 10,000 policies to private insurance companies for 2016, a move that will reduce premiums by roughly $20 million. Citizens officials say seven private companies have requested policies from Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. Thursday. So far, insurance agents... more »
  • Officials predict 2.7 percent cut in La. worker's comp rates

    October 31, 2015 2:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State officials say workers' compensation insurance rates in Louisiana are likely to drop next year by 2.7 percent. The Department of Insurance and the Louisiana Workforce Commission say the cut was recommended by the National Council on Compensation Insurance. It is expected to take effect May 1... 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 »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    October 9, 2015 11:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Oct. 3 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,341 from the previous week's total of 2,342. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Clinton calls for repeal of health care law's 'Cadillac tax'

    September 29, 2015 6:30 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for the repeal of part of President Barack Obama's health care law, the so-called "Cadillac tax" on health insurance that's unpopular with large corporations and unions alike. Critics say it will raise costs for consumers, while supporters see it as a... more »
  • Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

    August 13, 2015 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under the health care law even after the official enrollment season ended. That helped push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscored how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the... more »
  • Weekly unemployment insurance claims decrease

    July 31, 2015 12:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending July 25 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,510 from the previous week's total of 2,694. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Medicare to cover end-of-life counseling

    July 8, 2015 4:50 PM

    WASHINGTON - Medicare says it plans to pay doctors to counsel patients about end-of-life care. That's a turnabout for the idea that sparked accusations of "death panels" and fanned a political furor over President Barack Obama's health care law six years ago. The policy change, effective Jan. 1, was part... more »
  • 138,000 in La. to keep health care subsidies after SCOTUS ruling

    June 25, 2015 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable... more »
  • 138,000 Louisianians could lose health insurance Play Video

    June 18, 2015 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling on the Affordable Care Act that could leave almost 138,000 people in the Louisiana without health insurance. The conflict is over federal subsidies that help low and middle income people pay for their health insurance. In the... more »
  • State seeks extension of FEMA deadline to file flood claims

    June 18, 2015 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency to extend its deadline for Louisiana homeowners impacted by the recent Red River flooding. FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program requires homeowners to file a Proof of Loss form to claim damages within 60 days of a... more »
  • East Feliciana residents to see drop in fire insurance rates

    June 17, 2015 4:10 AM

    CLINTON- Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance Jim Donelon says some East Feliciana Parish residents will see a drop in fire insurance rates. Homeowners living in Jackson, outside of Jackson corporate limits, and Wilson, outside of the Wilson corporate limits, can expect significant reductions in their fire insurance premiums. The reduced rates... more »
  • Bill permitting automatic license plate scans gets final OK

    June 11, 2015 2:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to let law enforcement agencies automatically scan motorists' license plates, to crack down on car thieves and insurance scofflaws. The House and Senate voted Thursday for a proposal by Republican Sen. Ronnie Johns, of Lake Charles, creating a pilot program that will allow... more »
  • Obama: High court shouldn't consider health care challenge

    June 8, 2015 11:14 AM

    ELMAU, Germany - President Barack Obama says the U.S. Supreme Court probably shouldn't have taken up the latest challenges to his signature health care law. Obama says there was no reason for the health program to end up in court, maintaining that "it's working." The high court is expected to... more »
  • Some bracing themselves for health insurance hikes Play Video

    June 3, 2015 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents who buy insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act's marketplace may see those rates go up. Eight insurance companies which serve the state's individuals and small groups filed proposals for rate increases. Of the 14 plans filed with the state , only one asks... more »
  • Health insurers to increases Affordable Care Act rates

    June 3, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Health insurers covering more than 155,000 Louisiana residents under the Affordable Care Act are planning rate increases ranging from 12 percent to 24 percent in 2016. In records filed with the state Insurance Department, insurers say a number of factors played a role in the higher rates. Humana... more »
  • More than 10M enrolled this year under Obama's health law

    June 2, 2015 3:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials say more than 10 million people have signed up for subsidized private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama's law, surpassing a goal the administration set last fall. The positive numbers could turn out to be just a high-water mark for the president's signature legislation if... more »
  • Many health insurers go big with initial 2016 rate requests

    June 1, 2015 4:08 PM

    Dozens of health insurers want price hikes well beyond 10 percent for their individual coverage next year, as some juggle higher-than-expected costs and rising prescription drug expenses. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is seeking a roughly 26 percent premium increase, while plans in Illinois and Florida, among... more »
  • Bill proposes beefier insurance for Uber, Lyft drivers

    May 20, 2015 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Drivers for rideshare services like Uber and Lyft would be required to carry beefed-up insurance policies under a proposed law advancing in the Louisiana Legislature. The proposal's sponsor, Sen. Dan "Blade" Morrish, R-Jennings, said the bill is a "21st century" solution to public safety concerns that have... more »
  • Class action members are owed on average $1,640

    May 19, 2015 3:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana state treasurer is holding money for more than 4,500 people who participated in a class action lawsuit against the Citizens Property Insurance Corporation. Treasurer John Kennedy says in a news release Monday that most class action members are owed on average $1,640. He says there are... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims rise

    May 15, 2015 11:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state labor department says first-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 9 increased to 2,838 from the previous week's total of 2,498. For the comparable week a year earlier, there were 2,209 initial claims, officials said Friday. The four-week moving average,... more »
  • Citizens considers rate increase for coastal customer

    May 15, 2015 8:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE- More than 65,000 homeowners in coastal parishes covered by the state's insurer of last resort could see their rates jump 10 percent after Aug. 16. Under state law, Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. must charge 10 percent more than private insurance companies. However, the state Legislature passed a... more »
  • Initial unemployment claims drop in Louisiana

    May 11, 2015 11:26 AM

    BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending May 2 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Monday show the initial claims decreased to 2,498 from the previous week's total of 2,737. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
  • Lawsuit filed over changes to state worker insurance program

    April 22, 2015 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of state employees and retirees is asking a judge to reverse changes made to their insurance program, which cost many workers more out-of-pocket for lessened benefits. The lawsuit, announced Wednesday, was filed in state district court a day earlier. It claims Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration... more »
  • Poll: Many see negative impact if court nixes health law aid

    March 19, 2015 2:52 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll finds that most Americans are totally unaware of a Supreme Court case that could unravel President Barack Obama's health care law. When the potential fallout is explained, though, most say it would hurt the country. Thursday's poll from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation is... more »
  • Louisiana-based management company touts success

    March 18, 2015 2:52 PM

    NATCHITOCHES - A central Louisiana-based pharmacy benefit management company announced it's entering its fifth year of business in a news release Wednesday. Southern Script is the only Louisiana-owned business of its kind, owners said. For four years it has helped government and non profit groups manage pharmaceutical solutions. ... more »
  • Louisiana taxpayers leave unclaimed money on the table Play Video

    March 10, 2015 8:51 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax time is here, and many Louisiana taxpayers could be leaving some money on the table. Louisiana Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon stopped by 2une In this morning with some important tax reminders. "53% of the money that's available to be taken advantage of either as a... more »
  • Rep. Graves talks immigration, Obamacare and Iran Play Video

    March 9, 2015 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It has been whirlwind start to 2015 for one of Louisiana's newest congressmen. Rep. Garret Graves (R) has hit the ground running since winning the run-off in the 6th Congressional District. He stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his experience so far. "In... more »
  • Get free dental treatment in Baton Rouge this weekend Play Video

    February 27, 2015 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Nearly half of American Adults don't have dental insurance of any kind. The Louisiana Dental Association hopes to improve that statistic in our area with the event they're hosting this weekend. The Mission of Mercy Free Two-Day Clinic began Friday morning. There are no income or... more »
  • Feds say Wal-Mart was biased against lesbians

    February 18, 2015 6:01 PM

    BOSTON - A federal agency says Wal-Mart discriminated against a lesbian employee who sought health coverage for her ailing wife and has ordered "a just resolution" for violating her civil rights. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered the retail giant to work with Jacqueline Cote of New Bedford, Massachusetts,... more »
  • White House: Health law sign-ups top 11M

    February 17, 2015 5:56 PM

    WASHINGTON - The White House estimates that more than 11 million people signed up for subsidized private health insurance under President Barack Obama's law this year. The preliminary number released Tuesday comes with a couple of asterisks. The final number could grow because the administration is offering a grace period... more »
  • Health insurance deadline just a few days away Play Video

    February 13, 2015 5:10 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The final rush by applicants to get health insurance in order to avoid facing financial penalties is on as Sunday is the final day to complete sign ups. "We have navigators that are keying the information in the computer system and then we have overflow calls... more »
  • Levee plans revealed, residents weigh-in on design Play Video

    February 11, 2015 10:36 PM

    ST. AMANT - Wednesday night, people unprotected from flooding learned about plans to protect them from high water since Ascension Parish is moving forward with a project approved by voters in 1983. Already, pumping stations and a flood-wall have been built. The final piece is a 4.5 mile levee... more »
  • Deadline to get health care without a penalty less than a week away Play Video

    February 9, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The open enrollment period for health insurance under the affordable care act ends on February 15th. Brian Keller from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana stopped by 2une In this morning to explain what happens if you miss that deadline. "You may be out of luck... more »
  • Anthem: Hacker tried to breach system as early as Dec. 10

    February 6, 2015 6:48 PM

    SAN FRANCISCO - The hackers who stole millions of health insurance records from Anthem Inc. obtained the credentials of five different employees to try to penetrate the network, and may have been inside the system since December, the company says. Hackers stole names, social security numbers and other information for... more »
  • 148,000 sign up for coverage through federal marketplace

    February 5, 2015 3:27 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 148,500 Louisiana residents have enrolled for health insurance through the federal marketplace, as the sign-up deadline nears. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, covering insurance plan selections through the end of January. The numbers exceed last year,... more »
  • GOP lawmakers: Scrap Obama health law, use tax credits

    February 5, 2015 2:39 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - Three Republican lawmakers are proposing tax credits and greater leeway for states and health insurers as the GOP unveils its first plan this year for repealing and replacing President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The outline was released Wednesday by three Republicans: House Energy and Commerce Committee... more »
  • Some GOP want tax credits in health alternative

    February 4, 2015 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - Officials say a small, influential group of Republicans in search of a replacement health care law intends to propose tax credits for lower-income individuals and families to encourage the purchase of insurance. At the same time, the plan will propose jettisoning the highly controversial coverage requirement in the... more »
  • Most say restore health aid if court kills subsidies

    January 28, 2015 2:01 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A new poll says most Americans would want Congress to restore federal subsidies for millions buying health care coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law if the Supreme Court invalidates some of that aid. A poll by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation says more than 6... more »
  • More than 126,000 La. residents enrolled for health coverage

    January 14, 2015 3:46 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal health officials say more than 126,000 Louisiana residents have signed up for health insurance through the federal marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, saying 126,454 people in the state had selected an insurance plan by last week.... more »
  • House passes bill to renew terror insurance program

    January 7, 2015 2:32 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has passed long-sought legislation to renew the federal program that props up the private market for insurance against terrorist attacks. The 416-6 vote revives the government's terrorism risk insurance program. The program provides a backstop in which the government steps in to cover the bulk of... more »
  • BRG offers free healthcare enrollment help Play Video

    January 6, 2015 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you're still uninsured, you're running out of time to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. The Baton Rouge General wants to help by offering free help to enroll. Mid-City Campus Administrator George Bell joined us on 2une In Tuesday morning with all the... more »
  • Deadline closes in on penalties for the uninsured Play Video

    January 5, 2015 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents without health insurance have about a month to sign up in order avoid penalties as tax season and deadlines loom. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or "Obamacare"), all citizens are required to be insured or pay the price. With deadlines... more »
  • No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

    December 30, 2014 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year. It's a requirement under President Barack Obama's... more »
  • Surge in health law sign-ups

    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 »
  • Initial unemployment claims drop

    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 »
  • What you need to know when enrolling for healthcare Play Video

    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 »
  • Locals weigh in on affordable care act Play Video

    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 »
  • Keeping your health law plan may mean premium hike

    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 »
  • Admin. dials back goal for health law sign-ups

    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 »
  • Changes tweaked to state worker insurance program

    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 »
  • Justices to hear health law subsidies challenge

    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 »
  • Consumers to get peek at 2015 health law premiums

    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 »
  • Insurance fight over cost of 37-acre sinkhole

    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 »
  • Want an early C-section? La. Medicaid, Blues won't pay

    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 »
  • Beauty queen busted for being a fraud

    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 »
  • Former Sorrento mayor back on the payroll Play Video

    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 »
  • La. to license and regulate insurance 'navigators'

    June 13, 2014 4:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's "navigator" organizations that get grants to help consumers enroll in insurance under the federal health care law will have to be licensed by the state. Gov. Bobby Jindal's office announced Friday that the governor signed Republican Rep. Kevin Pearson's bill to require the licensing and registration... more »
  • Skyrocketing flood insurance comes down to Earth Play Video

    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 »
  • Are you insurance ready for hurricane season? Play Video

    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 »
  • GOP: Health insurance signups lagging

    April 30, 2014 5:35 PM

    WASHINGTON - A report by House Republicans says that one-third of people who signed up for health insurance through new federal exchanges hadn't paid their first month's premium as of mid-April. But administration officials, outside experts and the insurance industry questioned the conclusions. The report by Energy and... more »
  • 3K people owed settlement proceeds from Citizens Insurance

    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 »
  • Treatment for a rising mental illness trend Play Video

    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 »
  • First-time unemployment insurance claims fall

    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 »
  • Healthcare sign-up deadline extended

    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 »
  • Health insurance deadline looms Play Video

    March 24, 2014 5:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan is fast approaching and already insurance agents are seeing a boom in the number of people rushing to sign up. "Right now I'm working seven days a week, and the thing that's really frustrating about that is... more »

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