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  • Medicaid contract extended, after other deal cancelled

    December 18, 2014 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to extend the state's multimillion-dollar Medicaid claims processing contract by another year. The extension was needed after Gov. Bobby Jindal fired the company that had been picked to take over the work, CNSI, because of concerns the firm was given favorable treatment by his... more »
  • Feds reject Louisiana's Medicaid drug payment formula

    December 18, 2014 6:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal Medicaid agency says Louisiana used an improper reimbursement formula to pay pharmacists the last two years through the state's Medicaid program. If the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services decides it wants the state to reimburse the payments, the state could be on the... more »
  • Jindal administration rewrites LSU hospital deals

    September 30, 2014 11:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated its contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals. The administration hopes to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services. At issue are contracts governing the management transfer of hospitals in... more »
  • La. lags in at-home services for disabled people

    September 22, 2014 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The legislative auditor says Louisiana ranks behind most of the nation in using home- and community-based services to treat people who are developmentally disabled. A new report released Monday says Louisiana has the sixth-highest number of people around the country who are developmentally disabled and living in... more »
  • Audit: La Medicaid overpaid $3.1M to 13 hospitals

    September 9, 2014 10:10 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A recently released federal audit shows Louisiana's Medicaid program overpaid $3.1 million in incentives to 13 hospitals in 2011 and underpaid several others. The Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentives program began in 2011 to encourage hospitals and other health care professionals to use electronic health... more »
  • Dardenne talks tax break review to help La. budget

    September 8, 2014 2:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, seeking to move into Louisiana's highest office, says the state needs to re-examine tax breaks as a way to raise money for the budget and to seriously consider whether to expand Medicaid. Those positions outlined by Dardenne, running for governor in the... 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 »
  • Democrats blame Jindal for ER near-closure Play Video

    September 2, 2014 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democrats blasted Governor Jindal over his healthcare policies as the threat to close the emergency room at Baton Rouge General Mid City renewed calls for the governor to expand Medicaid under Obamacare. Ethel Wicker is grateful for Baton Rouge General having a working emergency room. She... more »
  • Feds investigate Louisiana dentists for overcharging

    August 20, 2014 3:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A federal study says 5 percent of Louisiana dentists treating children under Medicaid may be padding their numbers, overcharging, providing unnecessary treatments or even harming children. Health and Human Services Department auditors checked 512 dentists. They say 26 of them had questionable billings. The department inspector general's... more »
  • Auditor questions data in Medicaid program review

    August 18, 2014 10:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Legislative Auditor's office is raising questions about the usefulness of an annual report evaluating private managed-care networks handling health services for Louisiana Medicaid patients. In a review released Monday, the auditor's office says the report that the Department of Health and Hospitals provided to lawmakers in... more »
  • Police: Woman used dead sister's ID at hospital

    August 13, 2014 4:14 PM

    SLIDELL - Police arrested a Slidell woman after they said she used her dead sister's identity to get free medical attention. Detectives said Diondre Jones, 26, checked into Slidell Memorial Hospital under the name of her late sister, Delores Jones. Police said she also gave hospital staff her deceased... more »
  • IG: La. collected $7M too much in Medicaid enrollment bonus

    July 15, 2014 3:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal officials say Louisiana improperly received $7 million in performance bonus payments for its enrollment of children in the state Medicaid program. The inspector general for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said the state Children's Health Insurance Program, known as LaCHIP, didn't meet federal... more »
  • Audit: $2.7M in Medicaid paid to state inmates

    July 7, 2014 10:31 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A state audit says Louisiana's health department made nearly $2.7 million in Medicaid payments for state prisoners, who are not eligible for the benefits. The audit, released Monday, says the monthly Bayou Health and Louisiana Behavioral Health Program payments were made for 2,644 inmates over the 23... more »
  • Vitter says he'd consider Medicaid expansion

    June 16, 2014 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed... more »
  • 9 charged in Zachary Medicaid fraud scheme

    June 9, 2014 12:44 PM

    ZACHARY - The Louisiana Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit said on Monday they have charged nine people in connection with a Medicaid fraud scheme. The charges come after the AG's Office said an audit of Zachary-based Medicaid provider, Empowering Care Services, LLC, revealed the company had improperly billed... more »
  • Lawmakers agree to try out Jindal health plan

    May 30, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana could become a testing ground for Gov. Bobby Jindal's health care alternative to the federal health care overhaul, under a bill that has received final backing from lawmakers. Democratic Sen. Ben Nevers, of Bogalusa, proposed trying to use Jindal's "America Next" health care plan in Louisiana,... more »
  • Several Medicaid expansion bills fail at Capitol Play Video

    May 21, 2014 3:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - One last, big push to get Medicaid expansion in Louisiana failed today inside a House committee at the Capitol. "If we accept Affordable Care Act, 240,000 will be eligible for affordable care," said Rep. Herbert Dixon (D-Alexandria). Dixon was first up Wednesday, pushing one of... more »
  • House health committee rejects Medicaid expansion

    May 21, 2014 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Efforts to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program appear dead for the legislative session, after a House committee rejected multiple bills to give government-funded health care to more adults. The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 12-4 Wednesday against a Medicaid expansion proposal from Rep. Herbert Dixon, a Democrat... more »
  • Medicaid rolls grow in states resisting health law

    May 13, 2014 12:12 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new report says at least a half-million more people have signed up for Medicaid in states that thus far have refused a federal offer to expand eligibility for the safety-net program for the poor. The report Tuesday from the market analysis firm Avalere Health found that 550,300... more »
  • Nevers proposes Jindal's health insurance for La. Play Video

    May 7, 2014 5:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After failing to get enough support to try and expand Medicaid coverage in Louisiana, Sen. Ben Nevers (D-Bogalusa) proposed on Wednesday instead that Louisiana implement Governor Bobby Jindal's healthcare model and see if it can work first here in his home state. "It's not about partisan... more »
  • La. Senate rejects Medicaid expansion proposal

    May 5, 2014 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Voters won't be asked to decide whether to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program to give government-funded health care to more adults. The Louisiana Senate voted 22-15 Monday against Sen. Ben Nevers' proposal to add the item to the fall ballot. A similar proposal already had been defeated by... more »
  • Senators reject Medicaid expansion bill

    April 23, 2014 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A push to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care has been overwhelmingly rejected by the Senate health committee. The definitive 6-2 vote Wednesday against expansion likely ends the Senate's debate on the issue for the session. Sen. Ben Nevers' bill would have... more »
  • Lawmakers look to expand Medicaid Play Video

    April 8, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are looking for ways to expand coverage to the uninsured without Governor Jindal's help. They call it the "Jindal gap," since the governor's dismissal of Obamacare leaves more than 200,000 without health insurance. With reduced work hours and a disabled husband, Jan Wells of... more »
  • Health care bill helps add 3 million to Medicaid

    April 4, 2014 11:00 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says 3 million Americans signed up for Medicaid under the new health care law as of the end of February, offering its first accounting of how much the safety-net health program has grown since implementation of the law. Many were newly eligible because of the... more »
  • Zachary woman arrested for Medicaid fraud

    February 28, 2014 12:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A Zachary woman has been arrested for defrauding the state's Medicaid program. 36 year old Sekari Washington Davis is accused of fraud and theft, along with laundering more than $100,000 through her Baton Rouge personal care agency. The arrest came from a joint investigation involving... more »
  • Some in La. lost in new health care gap Play Video

    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 »
  • Medicaid expansion debate to resume in Louisiana

    January 13, 2014 2:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Efforts to provide government-subsidized health insurance to thousands through an expansion of Louisiana's Medicaid program will again be pushed in the upcoming legislative session. Former Louisiana health secretary David Hood said Monday he'll be involved with a coalition of Medicaid expansion supporters seeking to persuade state lawmakers who... more »
  • DHH hires chief compliance officer

    December 12, 2013 12:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals has hired a new person to help identify fraud and waste in Medicaid spending. William Root will serve as the chief compliance officer. The department has gone more than two years without its own auditor. DHH Secretary Kathy Kleibert... more »
  • Louisiana Medicaid program has $50M budget gap

    November 5, 2013 2:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The state's Medicaid program has a $50 million budget gap. The shortfall was detailed in a financial update to the Legislature's joint budget committee from the Department of Health and Hospitals. DHH Undersecretary Jerry Phillips says he doesn't expect any cuts to fall on services or the health... more »
  • Audit: DHH paid $1.9M for Medicaid for deceased

    November 4, 2013 7:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana paid nearly $1.9 million last year through the state's privatized Medicaid programs for 1,727 people who had died. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office released the audit Monday, looking at fees that the state Department of Health and Hospitals paid in the... more »
  • Louisiana first in recovered Medicaid fraud money

    August 13, 2013 3:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials said recent figures show Louisiana led the nation in recovered Medicaid fraud funds last year. The Department of Health and Hospitals said the state Medicaid fraud unit recovered more than $124 million during the past fiscal year, according to the Centers for Medicare... more »
  • CNSI claims state will lose millions

    July 3, 2013 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Medicaid contractor whose work was canceled by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration amid ongoing criminal investigations says the state is losing millions by scrapping the contract. The claims from Client Network Services Inc., or CNSI, are the latest salvo in ongoing legal disputes between the company and... more »
  • AG: 2 caregivers arrested for Medicaid fraud

    June 7, 2013 11:18 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says two personal care attendants have been booked with Medicaid fraud for filing false claims. Caldwell said in a news release that 46-year-old Sybil M. Mashia, of Destrehan, surrendered on Thursday and 36-year-old Christi L. Moore, of Schriever, surrendered for arrest on... more »
  • Worker accused of blowing Medicaid money at casinos

    June 4, 2013 1:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a former Department of Health and Hospitals accountant today and accused her of stealing more than $1 million from the state Medicaid program, then blowing it at casinos. Investigators charged Deborah Crowder Loper, 46, with theft by fraud, money laundering and malfeasance in office.... more »
  • Rayville woman pleads guilty in Medicaid fraud

    May 31, 2013 11:52 AM

    RAYVILLE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office says the former owner of a Rayville personal care services agency has pleaded guilty to defrauding the state's Medicaid program. The guilty plea was entered Thursday by 52-year-old Patricia A. Bell of Rayville. Caldwell says in a news release that Bell was charged... more »
  • Grand jury selected to review Medicaid contract

    May 23, 2013 3:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana attorney general's office says a special grand jury has been selected to look into possible criminal activity involving the award of a $200 million Medicaid contract by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. It's part of an ongoing investigation into the award of the now-canceled contract for Client... more »
  • House overwhelmingly refuses to expand Medicaid

    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 »
  • Proposals would limit cuts in Medicaid program

    May 20, 2013 4:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Proposals making it more difficult to cut the rates paid to hospitals and nursing homes for taking care of Medicaid patients are nearing final passage. Support from lawmakers comes despite concerns the constitutional amendments would further limit budget areas available to cut when Louisiana has financial woes... more »
  • Senate budget committee stalls Medicaid program

    May 20, 2013 2:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A proposal for Louisiana to tap into federal health overhaul money available for expanding Medicaid has been stalled by senators. The Senate Finance Committee rejected the bill Monday, with all but one Republican voting against expansion. The measure would seek federal approval to use the expansion money to... more »
  • Three accused of filing false Medicaid claims

    May 17, 2013 12:01 PM

    ZACHARY - The Louisiana Attorney General's Office announced three Zachary women have been arrested and charged with filing false Medicaid claims. Investigators said the three women, all personal care attendants, filed timesheets claiming they were working with Medicaid recipients at the same time they were actually working for another... more »
  • Grand jury planned in Medicaid case

    May 16, 2013 11:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has asked a Baton Rouge judge to block access to records requested by a company whose $200 million Medicaid contract was canceled by the state. In a court filing Wednesday, Caldwell's staff told Judge Tim Kelley the records requests by Client Network Services... more »
  • Revised Medicaid expansion proposed to House panel

    May 8, 2013 11:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Two Republicans joined with Democrats on the House health committee to advance a proposal to tap into federal funding available to offer insurance to the working poor. But one of those Republicans says his vote was a mistake. The House Health and Welfare Committee already rejected a... more »
  • CNSI sues La. over canceled Medicaid contract

    May 6, 2013 3:11 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The company hired to handle Louisiana's Medicaid system filed suit today against the state, saying the $200 million contract was improperly canceled by Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. Client Network Services. Inc., known as CNSI, wants compensation for the work they did, costs incurred, and other financial... more »
  • Lawsuit looming over canceled Medicaid contract

    May 3, 2013 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is facing a likely lawsuit from the Maryland-based company whose nearly $200 million Medicaid contract with the state was terminated. Client Network Services Inc., known as CNSI, issued a statement Friday from lawyer Kathryn Harris saying the state won't negotiate in good faith... more »
  • Senate committee backs Medicaid expansion model

    April 30, 2013 6:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A proposal for Louisiana to tap into the federal health overhaul money available for expanding Medicaid has won approval from the state Senate's health committee, despite opposition from Gov. Bobby Jindal. The committee voted 4-3 Tuesday to send a modified Medicaid expansion bill to the full Senate... more »
  • Kleckley says Medicaid expansion a no-go this year

    April 25, 2013 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House Speaker Chuck Kleckley says he doesn't believe any proposal to tap into the federal Medicaid expansion money will win passage in the Louisiana Legislature this year. Kleckley, a Republican from Lake Charles, says lawmakers are interested in differing models that could access money from the Affordable... more »
  • Lawmakers delay vote on Medicaid expansion Play Video

    April 24, 2013 2:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senators have pushed back their first vote on whether they want to cover more uninsured people in the state's Medicaid program, as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee on delayed its decision a week, after senators said they wanted more information,... more »
  • Lawmakers weigh in on Medicaid expansion

    April 24, 2013 8:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are taking their first votes on whether they want to cover more uninsured people in the state's Medicaid program, as allowed under the federal Affordable Care Act. Both the House and Senate health care committees have hearings scheduled Wednesday on Medicaid expansion bills. ... more »
  • Jindal disputes savings estimate for expansion

    April 23, 2013 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is disagreeing with a nonpartisan financial analysis done for lawmakers that estimates the state could save more than $500 million over 10 years by expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program under the federal health law. The estimates by the Legislative Fiscal Office came in advance of... more »
  • CNSI official defends Medicaid contract award

    April 12, 2013 10:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A top official with a Maryland company whose nearly $200 million Medicaid contract with the state has been cancelled says the company has never been contacted as part of the ongoing federal probe into the contract award. Larry Iversen, the CNSI executive who oversaw the company's Louisiana... more »
  • Jindal won't seek to follow Arkansas on Medicaid Play Video

    April 9, 2013 6:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's private hospitals are supporting the expansion of the state Medicaid program under the federal health care law. The Louisiana Hospital Association's announcement Tuesday puts the organization at odds with Gov. Bobby Jindal, who opposes the expansion. The announcement comes the same day the Jindal administration said... more »
  • Committee to look at privatized Medicaid plans

    April 9, 2013 10:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state Senate committee scheduled to meet this afternoon will look at compromises other states have made with the Obama administration over expanding health coverage for the poor. Governor Bobby Jindal said he would not accept the Medicaid expansion under the president's health care reforms, saying... more »
  • DHH report: La. could save on Medicaid expansion

    March 27, 2013 2:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals has quietly released a new financial analysis that estimates the state could save as much as $368 million over 10 years by expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program under the federal health law. The analysis was posted on DHH's website this week with... more »
  • Lawmaker blasts DHH secretary for not being at hearing Play Video

    March 26, 2013 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A state representative said it was "very irresponsible" that the head of the Department of Health and Hospitals was not at a budget hearing today to answer questions about a controversial Medicaid contract cancelled last week. Rep. Jim Fannin, the chair of the House Appropriations Committee,... more »
  • Jindal cancels Medicaid contract under grand jury review

    March 21, 2013 4:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is scrapping a lucrative state Medicaid contract that is the subject of a federal grand jury investigation. Commissioner of Administration Kristy Nichols issued a statement Thursday announcing the termination of the more than $185 million contract with Maryland-based CNSI. Nichols says she made... more »
  • Former intern arrested on Medicaid fraud

    March 19, 2013 11:20 AM

    VILLE PLATTE - A 36-year-old Ville Platte man has been arrested on two counts of Medicaid fraud. The Louisiana Attorney General's Office said in news release Tuesday that Brady P. Hudspeth faces up to five years in prison and fines up to $20,000 on each count. Hudspeth was arrested Thursday... more »
  • 2 former health chiefs push La. Medicaid expansion

    March 15, 2013 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two former Louisiana health care secretaries are urging Gov. Bobby Jindal to reconsider his opposition to the Medicaid expansion allowed under the federal health overhaul. David Hood was secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals under Republican former Gov. Mike Foster. Fred Cerise was DHH secretary... more »
  • Legislators hold hearing on federal health care law

    March 13, 2013 7:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - This morning, state lawmakers plan to weigh the pros and cons of expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program to cover more uninsured adults. During the hearing, The Senate and House insurance committees will get information about the federal health care law that allows for the expansion. Gov.... more »
  • State seeks to get back Medicaid money

    March 8, 2013 9:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State officials have confirmed plans to ask an appellate court to overturn a federal judge's order that says Louisiana owed the federal government $239.5 million for Medicaid overpayments between 1996 and 2007. Officials with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals contend in court filings that the Centers... more »
  • Landrieu: Jindal an obstructionist on Medicaid

    February 26, 2013 11:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says Gov. Bobby Jindal's refusal to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program is tied to his presidential ambitions at the expense of benefits for Louisiana. The Democratic senator accused the Republican governor of obstructionism. Landrieu said Jindal seems adamant about putting his political future ahead of... more »
  • Jindal says he won't reconsider Medicaid expansion

    February 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is holding firm to his decision not to expand Louisiana's Medicaid coverage under new health care reforms, despite the participation of several other Republican governors. Jindal said Thursday he won't be including the federal funding for a Medicaid expansion in his state budget proposal... more »
  • Health care budget cuts begin this week

    January 28, 2013 5:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's Medicaid hospice care received a last-minute reprieve from shutdown, but Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is moving ahead with other health care cuts this week. Slated for elimination are programs that provide behavioral health intervention services for at-risk children and that pay for at-home visits by... more »
  • DHH: Hospice program to stay open, get reforms Play Video

    January 23, 2013 4:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health officials announced late this afternoon that the Medicaid Hospice Program would not end on Feb. 1 as scheduled. Secretary Bruce Greenstein with the Dept. Of Health and Hospitals said enough money from existing grants had been found to keep the program going until reforms... more »
  • Vigil planned to protest Medicaid hospice cut

    January 23, 2013 5:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Families of the terminally ill and health care workers are holding a protest of Gov. Bobby Jindal's plan to shutter the state's Medicaid hospice program in February. Supporters of the program, which provides at-home, end-of-life care for people who can't afford private insurance coverage, scheduled a... more »
  • State budget deficit growing into billions Play Video

    January 18, 2013 6:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers met at the capitol this morning, where they discussed the state budget and its growth. Members of the joint budget committee are optimistic because the state took in more money than expected last month. The state is short $1.2 billion though, and many lawmakers are... more »
  • 2 women charged with Medicaid fraud

    January 18, 2013 6:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says a personal care attendant from New Orleans and one from Bastrop have been booked with unrelated charges of Medicaid fraud. He says both 23-year-old Lakeiqua Green of New Orleans and 31-year-old Jolonda Huff of Bastrop are accused of submitting time-sheets... more »
  • State's Medicaid contract gains in value

    January 9, 2013 7:12 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A $185 million multiyear contract with a company to take over the state's Medicaid claims processing is getting more lucrative. State Department of Health and Hospitals Undersecretary Jerry Phillips said an amendment will add about $8 million to the money CNSI will receive under its contract.... more »
  • Baton Rouge woman booked with Medicaid fraud

    December 11, 2012 9:50 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A 34-year-old Baton Rouge woman has been booked with seven counts of Medicaid fraud for filing false claims. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says Angela A. Taylor was arrested by investigators from the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit on Thursday. Caldwell says the complaint... more »
  • Feds rule on health care law's Medicaid expansion

    December 10, 2012 3:30 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says Republican-led states must commit to fully expanding their Medicaid programs to take advantage of generous funding in the federal health care law. Monday's ruling affects the federal-state program that covers nearly 60 million low-income and severely disabled people. President Barack Obama's health care law... more »
  • Top Jindal aides use personal email to strategize

    December 10, 2012 9:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Top officials in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration used personal email accounts to craft a media strategy for cutting Medicaid - a method of communication that can make it more difficult to track under public records laws. Jindal, now in his second term, has become a... more »
  • Study: Obamacare good for states

    November 26, 2012 7:29 PM

    A new analysis of the President's health care reform law says states can get more than $9 in federal money for every dollar they spend to cover low-income residents. Two non-partisan groups, the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute made the declaration. The analysis also found states may spend... more »
  • Pharmacists: Medicaid changes could shut them down

    October 30, 2012 10:35 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Community pharmacists say changes to Medicaid reimbursement rules don't address their complaints that the cuts could jeopardize their ability to remain open. The state's health secretary, Bruce Greenstein, said last week that revisions made in response to pharmacies' complaints should quell the backlash. But The Advocate reports... more »
  • 6 La. residents arrested on Medicaid fraud charges

    October 19, 2012 10:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Six personal care attendants from northeast Louisiana are accused of scheming to defraud the state's Medicaid program. Louisiana Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell's office says the six are accused of submitting timesheets to their employer that falsely stated they provided in-home services to Medicaid patients who... more »
  • $258M jury verdict for state of Louisiana upheld

    September 4, 2012 4:10 PM

    LAKE CHARLES - A $258 million judgment against health products maker Johnson & Johnson has been upheld by a state appeals court. A three-judge panel of the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal upheld a St. Landry Parish jury's decision that the company owed the money to the state for defrauding... more »
  • AG: Man used fake diploma to get health care job

    August 15, 2012 4:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested the director of an adult day care facility in Baton Rouge after they got a tip he'd used a fake degree to get his job, according to the state Attorney General's Office. On Tuesday constables in Baton Rouge arrested Lee Earl Williams, Jr., 49,... more »
  • Anti-Medicaid states: Earning $11,000 is too much

    August 14, 2012 10:18 AM

    MIAMI - Sandra Pico is poor, but not poor enough. She makes about $15,000 a year, supporting her Florida family. She thought she'd be getting health insurance after the Supreme Court upheld the health care law. Then she learned her own governor won't agree to expand Medicaid under the law... more »
  • Congressman asks Jindal to expand La. Medicaid

    July 31, 2012 8:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A New Orleans congressman is asking Gov. Bobby Jindal to reconsider his position against expanding Louisiana's Medicaid program, as allowed under the federal health care overhaul. Democratic U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond sent the Republican governor a letter Monday saying as many as 400,000 Louisiana residents would... more »
  • Patients, clinic brace for state healthcare cut impacts Play Video

    July 25, 2012 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some people who rely on Medicaid say they're not sure what's next after hundreds of millions in federal funding cuts for the program in Louisiana. "We're very concerned because I see patients that are on Medicare, Medicaid,just indigent patients," said Dr. Ruth Smother. Last week... more »
  • Joint committee questions tax breaks, health cuts

    July 23, 2012 10:19 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers gathered in Baton Rouge today for a join budget committee meeting. On the agenda are questions about just how much the impact of the state's tax breaks are to the budget. Lawmakers also plan to question the Jindal administration about recent Medicaid cuts, most of... more »
  • Jindal hoping for more revenue to fill budget gap

    July 17, 2012 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Even with $523 million in announced health care cuts, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has slashed only two-thirds of the spending needed to close the entire gap in Louisiana's Medicaid budget. The administration is banking on better-than-expected revenue projections to close the remaining budget hole. If that doesn't... more »
  • 48 charged in massive Medicaid fraud case

    July 17, 2012 3:36 PM

    NEW YORK - A nationwide prescription drug ring bought mountains of HIV medications and other drugs from down-and-out Medicaid recipients in New York City, then marketed the pills to pharmacies that dispensed them to unsuspecting consumers, authorities said Tuesday. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan detailed the scheme at a news conference... more »
  • Moody's takes note of La. Medicaid cut

    July 17, 2012 10:46 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Moody's Investors Service says Louisiana's loss of as much as $859 million in Medicaid financing is a "credit negative" for the state. The notation from the bond-rating agency does not yet affect the state government bond rating - currently high investment grade and stable - but denotes... more »
  • Democratic Party chair says expect more problems because of health cuts Play Video

    July 16, 2012 5:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Senator Karen Carter Peterson, D- New Orleans, says state leaders should have done more to prevent a federal Medicaid reduction. The reduction will cost the LSU Health System $317 million dollars. Peterson says the reduction will cost everyone because it will prevent care on the front end,... more »
  • State announces health cuts from Medicaid loss Play Video

    July 13, 2012 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - LSU's system of public and charity hospitals and clinics face the deepest cuts in Louisiana's plans on how to deal with the loss of $859 million in federal Medicaid funding. The system will lose $316.5 million in funding, the bulk of the $523 million in cuts... more »
  • Feds say states have time to decide on Medicaid

    July 13, 2012 11:14 AM

    WASHINGTON- Administration officials are telling the states there's no pressure to decide whether to expand Medicaid for their low-income residents under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law. The Supreme Court gave states the option of accepting or rejecting the Medicaid expansion. It's designed to cover about 15 million low-income... more »
  • La. health secretary says cuts expected by Friday

    July 11, 2012 7:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein says he expects to announce by Friday how he'll divvy up $859 million in cuts to Louisiana's Medicaid program. The cut is tied to a congressional reduction in Louisiana's federal Medicaid financing rate. Greenstein didn't offer details Tuesday about... more »
  • Tone changes in Jindal administration over cuts

    July 3, 2012 6:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - When a bloc of conservative state lawmakers pushed to strip money from the health department, the Jindal administration outcry was loud, suggesting the cuts could devastate health care services. A month later, the $859 million in budget cuts hitting the Medicaid program from new congressional action are... more »
  • East Baton Rouge schools may end retiree insurance

    June 29, 2012 9:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish school system may end offering supplemental health insurance to almost 2,700 retired employees. The Advocate reports the move would save the school system an estimated $8.7 million a year. Instead, the school board is considering paying money into Medicare for retirees. The... more »
  • Health care arguments: Now what about Medicaid?

    March 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court's liberal justices are making clear they will vote to uphold the massive expansion of the Medicaid program for low-income Americans that is part of the health care overhaul. In the finale of three days of arguments over President Barack Obama's health care law, the justices... more »

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