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 »
June 13, 2013 10:33 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's health care law is called the Affordable Care Act, but a glitch could make it unaffordable for many low-wage workers, including employees at big chain restaurants, retail stores and hotels. Here's the problem: The law requires medium-sized and large employers to offer what it calls... more »
May 31, 2013 10:40 AM
GULF SHORES, Ala. - Stan Virden moved into his 2,400-square-foot house overlooking a rock-lined canal in 1996 and paid less than $1,000 a year for homeowners insurance. Now the 80-year-old Navy captain is considering moving to Atlanta to be near family, but he says potential buyers for the house are... more »
May 21, 2013 6:24 PM
BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana House has rejected an attempt to provide government-subsidized health insurance to thousands of people with the Medicaid dollars available under the federal Affordable Care Act. The 59-37 vote against the Medicaid expansion proposal appeared to kill the issue for the legislative session. The Senate's budget... more »
May 20, 2013 1:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - The company which owns land a massive sinkhole appeared on blamed their insurance carrier today for the holdup in buyouts for nearby property.
Texas Brine, LLC released a statement which said their carrier hasn't approved any money for buyouts just yet, and they're working with the... more »
May 14, 2013 12:44 PM
BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House have rejected a proposal seeking legislative review of large rate hikes for customers of Louisiana's property insurer of last resort. The House Insurance Committee scrapped the idea Tuesday in a 9-4 vote against the bill by St. Mary Parish Sen. Bret Allain. The... more »
April 17, 2013 11:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - Large rate hikes for customers of Louisiana's property insurer of last resort would require legislative approval, under a bill that received Senate Insurance Committee backing. St. Mary Parish Sen. Bret Allain sponsored the measure after residents of his parish who get insurance from the Louisiana Citizens Property... more »
April 17, 2013 8:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - A deadline is approaching for Louisiana policyholders to file flood insurance claims over damage from Hurricane Isaac last year.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency says most policyholders with the National Flood Insurance Program have until April 22 to complete their proof-of-loss claims.
FEMA says the... more »
March 28, 2013 6:28 PM
LAPLACE - Homeowners in St. John the Baptist Parish are concerned new FEMA flood maps will send flood insurance rates up 25 percent each year.
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act signed into law by President Obama last year allows rates to increase on certain properties in flood zones... more »
February 27, 2013 6:25 PM
BATON ROUGE- Governor Bobby Jindal plans on selling $47 million dollars in state property to help balance next year's budget.
The properties on the market include Wooddale Towers, the state office building at the corner of Convention Street and 3rd Street, and the parking lot where the old state... more »
February 26, 2013 4:57 PM
PORT VINCENT - On Tuesday, Port Vincent residents were greeted by the sun and the damage left behind by Monday hailstorm.
Vanessa Murphy spent the day counting the bruises on her car.
"There's here and here and then there are some clusters," she said. "It just looks like... more »
February 22, 2013 11:07 AM
BATON ROUGE- Property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have an additional 60 days to file claims for their flood-related losses. Policy owners now have until April 22 to complete their proof of loss claims. The National Flood Insurance Program says... more »
February 8, 2013 6:18 AM
BATON ROUGE - State insurance regulators say Farmers Insurance Exchange, which has around 23,000 homeowner and 7,000 auto policies in Louisiana, is dropping those lines of business. Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon said Thursday that the company cited substantial losses as a major reason for pulling out of the state's homeowner's... more »
January 29, 2013 5:17 AM
NEW YORK - Some of the people whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Superstorm Sandy in the New York City area may now face the choice of rebuilding higher, or paying considerably more for insurance. Under new flood maps released Monday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, twice as... more »
January 23, 2013 7:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana property owners with flood insurance policies whose homes or other structures were damaged during Hurricane Isaac have another 30 days to file claims for their flood losses.
Policy owners now have until Feb. 21 to complete their proof of loss.
The National Flood Insurance... more »
January 17, 2013 3:36 PM
UNDATED - UnitedHealth CEO Stephen Hemsley is warning analysts not to assume that the insurer will participate widely in a key health care overhaul coverage expansion that unfolds later this year. State-based exchanges will debut this fall and allow people to sign up for coverage online, with some using income-based... more »
January 11, 2013 4:09 PM
BATON ROUGE - The state's property insurer of last resort has proposed raising homeowner's rates an average of 7.7 percent statewide this year. The Advocate reports the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.'s board said Thursday that the rate increase is being driven in part by higher reinsurance costs for coastal... more »
January 4, 2013 3:40 PM
WASHINGTON - The new Congress has passed a $9.7 billion bill to help pay flood insurance claims to homeowners, renters and businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The bill cleared the Senate following passage earlier Friday by the House. It replenishes the National Flood Insurance Program that was due to run... more »
January 4, 2013 3:06 PM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 29 fell from the previous week's total, mainly because the Christmas holidays cut a day from the work week. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,505 from the... more »
December 18, 2012 10:34 AM
BATON ROUGE - Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says his department's new online system will make it easier for Louisiana residents to shop for the best insurance rates in their cities. You can't get quotes for your house and car. The auto insurance guide compares quotes for a 2004, 2007 or... more »
December 14, 2012 4:13 PM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 8 fell from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 3,516 from the previous week's total of 4,048. The four-week moving average, which is a... more »
December 11, 2012 4:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state-run property insurer of last resort is considering ways to close its multimillion-dollar budget gap. Both options would lead to increased costs to homeowners covered by traditional insurance companies. Steve Cottrell, chief financial officer for the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp., outlined the issue Tuesday. Citizens... more »
December 11, 2012 2:31 PM
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Governor Gary Herbert is asking President Barack Obama to approve the state's health insurance exchange and declare that it meets the requirements of the federal health overhaul. Herbert sent the letter Tuesday ahead of Friday's deadline for states to decide if they'll do their own... more »
December 7, 2012 6:08 PM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Dec. 1 increased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims increased to 4,048 from the previous week's total of 2,705. The department said similar spikes have occurred... more »
November 30, 2012 3:58 PM
WASHINGTON - Health insurance companies will have to pay to play in new health insurance markets coming under President Barack Obama's health care law. The federal Health and Human Services department said Friday it is proposing a "user fee" amounting to 3.5 percent of premiums for health insurers who want... more »
November 30, 2012 10:29 AM
BATON ROUGE - First-time claims for unemployment insurance in Louisiana for the week ending Nov. 24 decreased from the previous week's total. The state labor department figures released Friday show the initial claims decreased to 2,705 from the previous week's total of 2,875. For the comparable week a year earlier,... more »
November 15, 2012 5:11 PM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration has given states another month to decide what role, if any, they'll play in carrying out the new health care law. Instead of having to declare their intentions by Friday, states now have until Dec. 14, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in... more »