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  • Auto body shop fighting insurance company over used parts Play Video

    February 8, 2018 6:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's an insurance fight brewing and it's got an auto body shop owner, fighting for the customer. Owner of Miles Paint and Body, Chip Elkins, says he's been in the car business for years. Quite often, he says he's stuck fighting an insurance company's decision to... more »
  • Used Motor Vehicle Commission investigating woman's car purchase Play Video

    January 29, 2018 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A used car purchase turned into one big headache for a Baton Rouge woman. Thalia Duplantier says what she's got is not what she intended to buy. She purchased a used car at ABC Auto on Florida Blvd. and financed it, but says after looking the... more »
  • Mortgage company slow to release money, rebuilding at standstill Play Video

    November 21, 2017 6:13 PM

    UPDATE: On Dec. 1 James Keener told 2 On Your Side he had received two checks in the mail from Union Pacific Financial totaling $27,414.53, which is the amount Keener had been requesting to move forward with his construction. BATON ROUGE - A man says he can't move... more »
  • Appeals process begins for man fighting for insurance money Play Video

    November 13, 2017 6:03 PM

    WALKER - A man who tore his house down is battling with FEMA and his insurance company for the money he says he deserves. Paul Ortego told 2 On Your Side Friday he'd soon be filing an appeal with FEMA. He's been staring at a pile of dirt on... more »
  • Man defaults on OMV payment plan, owes thousands Play Video

    November 7, 2017 6:58 PM

    NEW ROADS - A man paying off a fine for late car insurance payments defaulted on those payments and now he owes thousands of dollars. Carlton Goodman tells 2 On Your Side he signed an agreement with the Office of Motor Vehicles and planned to pay the fines all... more »
  • Mold creeping back into flood-damaged home, new buyer wants answers Play Video

    September 15, 2017 7:00 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - A flood victim is reliving the August 2016 flood all over again after she found mold growing up the walls. Kristi Hunt says she bought a house in February after her apartment flooded. She was told then, that less than an inch of water got inside... more »
  • Buyer beware of flood-damaged vehicles Play Video

    September 6, 2017 7:02 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The used car market can be tough to navigate. Hank Keith says he had no idea what he was getting into after he bought his 2004 Dodge Ram. Keith tells 2 On Your Side he doesn't remember signing anything that said he was buying a flood-damaged... more »
  • New Prairieville fire rating could save you money Play Video

    September 1, 2017 6:30 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Some Ascension Parish residents might want to check with their insurance providers for possible savings. The Property Insurance Association of Louisiana (PIAL) has raised the Prairieville Fire Department's rating from a four to a three. It means the city's protection has improved and it could also mean... more »
  • Proof of loss deadline approaching for those with flood insurance Play Video

    August 24, 2017 6:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- An important deadline is coming up if you had flood insurance but don't feel like you were compensated fairly by your insurance company. This week, Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon asked the feds for another extension for the National Flood Insurance Program's proof of loss deadline. Currently, this affects... more »
  • NFIP policyholders have two weeks to submit Proof of Loss forms

    August 16, 2017 1:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE — The National Flood Insurance Program policyholders affected by the August 2016 floods have until Friday, Sept. 1 to submit a Proof of Loss form. More than 29,600 NFIP claims have been filed for the August 2016 floods. To date, there are less than 135 claims left... more »
  • Audit says Senate bill would leave 22M uninsured

    June 26, 2017 4:40 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate health care bill would result in 22 million more uninsured Americans over the next decade compared to current law. That's according to an analysis Monday from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The figure may further complicate Senate GOP leaders' plans to pass their bill... more »
  • Outreach events planned for flood victims in Baton Rouge area

    June 25, 2017 9:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A series of outreach events has been planned for the Baton Rouge area in order to help flood victims get the assistance they need. Three outreach events have been scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday due to the high volume of flood-impacted homeowners visiting the Baton... more »
  • Private companies approved to write flood insurance in LA, list attached Play Video

    June 13, 2017 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- For decades, private insurance companies avoided writing what's called first dollar coverage after it became too risky in Louisiana and across the nation. However, investors from around the world have sparked a renewed interest in the marketplace, according to Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. The benefit could mean more... more »
  • State insurance chief: Do 'checkup' for hurricane season

    May 28, 2017 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is urging Louisiana residents to do an "insurance checkup" ahead of next week's start of hurricane season. He says people should talk to their insurance agents to make sure they know what their named-storm and hurricane deductibles are in their homeowner and rental... more »
  • 13 arrests in Louisiana fake-crash scheme

    May 26, 2017 7:56 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana State Police say 13 people have been arrested in connection with an insurance fraud scheme involving staged automobile crashes. A news release says Thursday's arrests followed an investigation that began with complaints from insurance companies. Investigators say the scheme involved a group of people who regularly... more »
  • Aetna becomes latest insurer to flee ACA exchanges

    May 11, 2017 7:57 AM

    While Republicans rewrite the Affordable Care Act in Washington, the immediate future of the law has grown hazier with the nation's third-largest health insurer saying that it will completely divorce itself from state-based insurance exchanges. Aetna says it won't sell coverage in Nebraska and Delaware next year after projecting a... more »
  • Fourth extension for flood victims to submit Proof of Loss forms

    May 5, 2017 10:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - National Flood Insurance Program policyholders have another chance to submit Proof of Loss forms for damage stemming from the August flood. The deadline to submit Proof of Loss forms was extended to Friday, September 1, 2017. FEMA representatives say the additional time allows policyholders to... more »
  • Storage unit renters refunded following 2 On Your Side report Play Video

    April 27, 2017 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A storage company decided to reimburse two renters after their contents were destroyed. Both Lynette Elps and Donnis White reached out to 2 On Your Side last week. White was the focus of a 2 On Your Side report last Thursday . Following the report, each... more »
  • Second disaster hits family within a year, waiting on insurance Play Video

    April 21, 2017 6:33 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - First flood then fire. Two disasters a Denham Springs man has lost nearly everything to. During the night of Valentine's Day, John Cooper Fore says his paradise in the making burnt to a crisp. It was a design project years in the making his family had... more »
  • Insurance company paying up following 2 On Your Side report Play Video

    April 19, 2017 6:16 PM

    BAKER - A man's house is being fixed thanks to 2 On Your Side. Mike Burnette's Baker home was pushed off of its pilings during the August flood. The rushing current from the Comite River nudged the house about an inch and a half making it uneven. He lives... more »
  • CBO: 14 million to lose coverage under GOP health bill

    March 13, 2017 4:25 PM

    WASHINGTON - Nonpartisan analysts project that 14 million people would lose coverage next year under the House bill dismantling former President Barack Obama's health care law. The estimate is a blow to Republicans. Monday's estimate by the Congressional Budget Office says the number of uninsured would grow to 24 million... more »
  • Minister's prayers answered following call to 2 On Your Side

    March 9, 2017 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The last few months have been difficult for John Green. He lost his wife in a car accident and then his car insurance company gave him the run around after he filed a claim. The back and forth went on for weeks, but came to a... more »
  • Man picked to fix AIG will step down after massive loss

    March 9, 2017 9:42 AM

    NEW YORK - Three weeks after AIG reported a massive loss, the person chosen to turn things around at one of the world's largest insurance companies is stepping down. AIG said Thursday that CEO Peter Hancock, appointed less than three years ago, will remain as the company's chief executive until... more »
  • Donaldsonville still recovering one month after tornado Play Video

    March 8, 2017 9:14 AM

    DONALDSONVILLE - One month after devastating tornadoes ripped through South Louisiana, residents of one small town are struggling to get back on their feet. The city and parish cleaned the streets of debris almost overnight, but it appears most of the rebuilding process stopped there. Out of around... more »
  • Have storm damage? Here's what you need to know

    February 8, 2017 5:05 PM

    DONALDSONVILLE - The State of Louisiana is sending disaster assessment teams to the areas hit by Tuesday’s tornadoes. Several hundred homes and commercial buildings were either damaged or destroyed. For people who are now trying to figure out what they should do next, the Louisiana Department of Insurance... more »
  • INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: City leaders admit "mistake" cost thousands of dollars Play Video

    January 31, 2017 5:36 PM

    GONZALES- Taxpayers are on the hook for nearly a quarter of a million dollars to repair the flooded out City Hall in Gonzales. Despite being in a flood zone, city leaders opted out of carrying flood insurance. City leaders said they never imagined the building would flood. "It never flooded,"... more »
  • Georgia's insurance commissioner estimates $100M in damage

    January 24, 2017 9:31 PM

    ADEL, Ga. - Georgia's insurance commissioner says the weekend's deadly storms wreaked at least $100 million worth of damage on the state. Ralph Hudgens tells WXIA-TV that the southwest Georgia city of Albany and associated Dougherty County suffered $40 million in damage. Hudgens says damage estimates are likely to rise... more »
  • FEMA will not duplicate benefits of insurance

    January 19, 2017 10:57 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Flood survivors must not accept the same benefits from more than one source, also known as the duplication of benefits, FEMA officials say. Federal and state agencies responding to disasters are prohibited from duplicating the benefits of insurance companies or other public or private entities. FEMA cannot... more »
  • Legally blind teacher works, can't get disability assistance Play Video

    January 16, 2017 6:43 PM

    GONZALES - An Ascension Parish school teacher has gone partially blind, it's a side effect from a brain aneurysm. Almost overnight the simple tasks Carla Duplechin performed on a daily basis, like getting dressed or driving, are now impossible to do by herself. Duplechin says she's been an... more »
  • Trump promises health insurance for all

    January 15, 2017 9:29 PM

    WASHINGTON - President-elect Donald Trump says his plan to replace the nation's health care law will include "insurance for everybody." Trump made the comment in an interview with the Washington Post published on Sunday. The president-elect says: "We're going to have insurance for everybody. There was a philosophy in some... more »
  • Lapsed car insurance fine strikes nerve with flood victim Play Video

    January 10, 2017 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Office of Motor Vehicles fines drivers for expired or lapsed car insurance. Dr. Daniel Burch is facing a $125 fine for not renewing his insurance on time, but says he never missed an insurance payment before and this bill struck a nerve. "It just... more »
  • Man's house pushed off piers, flood insurance won't cover damage Play Video

    January 9, 2017 5:48 PM

    BAKER - A homeowner says flood water pushed his house off its pilings and now he's having trouble getting the money from his insurance company to make it right. Mike Burnette didn't get any water inside his house during the August flood, but the water created a big problem... more »
  • Cost of workers' compensation insurance in Louisiana drops

    January 7, 2017 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the cost of workers' compensation policies for Louisiana businesses has dropped for a fourth straight year. The state insurance department announced this week that it had approved a 9.8 percent statewide decrease in workers' compensation rates, to take effect May 1. The... more »
  • Flood victims frustrated with mortgage companies, AG offering help Play Video

    December 30, 2016 6:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Flood victims continue to feel frustration when it comes to mortgage companies releasing their insurance money. Some have called 2 On Your Side for help, but now a state office is stepping in. The State Attorney General's Office says it will help put pressure on mortgage... more »
  • State-run insurer shifts 10K policies to private companies

    December 10, 2016 12:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state-run property insurance company of last resort is planning to shed more than 10,000 policies, shifting the coverage to private insurers. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon announced this week that eight insurance companies have agreed to take over 10,304 residential coverage policies from the Louisiana Citizens Property... more »
  • Flooded home not considered total loss by FEMA, creating insurance issues Play Video

    December 7, 2016 6:34 PM

    CENTRAL - A homeowner thought he was covered by insurance when his home flooded in August. Now he's learned that's not exactly the case. Like many others, Herb Cornelius bought a home and purchased flood insurance. His home received 50 inches of water during the flood. The house is... more »
  • Insurance program CEO ousted by Jindal rehired by Edwards

    November 26, 2016 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The office that oversees Louisiana's health insurance program for state workers and retirees is getting a new leader - and he's a familiar face for the agency. Tommy Teague will again work as chief executive officer of the Office of Group Benefits, beginning Dec. 12. Teague was... more »
  • Health contracts stalled in dispute over LGBT-rights order

    November 18, 2016 5:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Contracts to provide health insurance next year for 10,000 state employees, retirees and their families are stalled because of the dispute over Gov. John Bel Edwards' LGBT anti-discrimination order. House lawmakers allied with Attorney General Jeff Landry refused Friday to approve contracts for the Office of Group... more »
  • Obama administration confirms double-digit premium hikes

    October 24, 2016 8:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is confirming that premiums will go up sharply next year for health insurance sold to millions of consumers through HealthCare.gov. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across states served by the federally run online market.... more »
  • $2.7M in refunds going to some retirees in insurance program

    October 15, 2016 11:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - More than $2.7 million in refunds have been going out to people in Louisiana's health insurance program for state workers and public school employees who were overcharged for coverage. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says nearly 1,200 retirees enrolled in both Office of Group Benefits coverage and... more »
  • Tips for understanding the flood insurance claim process

    October 13, 2016 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE – State and federal officials are encouraging residents to monitor their insurance claims process after reporting their losses following the August flood. Residents have 120 days from the date of their loss to file a claim in they are a National Flood Insurance Program policyholder in Louisiana.... more »
  • Houma woman arrested in insurance fraud scheme

    October 12, 2016 10:23 PM

    HOUMA - Louisiana State Police have arrested a woman accused of fraudulent insurance claims dating back to 2014. 38-year-old Shanta Simmons was arrested Wednesday morning. In March, investigators in the insurance fraud/auto theft unit in Houma were contacted by fraud investigators with Progressive Insurance Company concerning fraudulent claims... more »
  • Local regulations may prompt flood insurance help

    October 4, 2016 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Residents who have had homes or businesses damaged by the August flood may be required to meet certain building requirements before repairs start to reduce future flood damage, according to FEMA officials. The National Flood Insurance Program Standard Flood Insurance Policy provides Increased Cost of Compliance... more »
  • Natchez needs more firefighters to keep insurance rating

    October 2, 2016 3:33 PM

    NATCHEZ, Miss. - The City of Natchez must hire more firefighters to avoid a drop in its fire insurance rating. The Natchez Democrat reports that the Mississippi State Rating Bureau notified the city last month that the city's fire protection no longer warrants its current rating: five on a scale... more »
  • 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 »

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