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  • Louisiana governor considering work requirements in Medicaid

    January 11, 2018 2:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is developing a proposal to impose work requirements on certain adult Medicaid recipients, as the Trump administration announced it will allow states to enact such provisions. Gov. John Bel Edwards said this week that his administration is "actively working" on the concept, which... more »
  • Lawmakers to reconsider $15B in Louisiana Medicaid contracts

    December 14, 2017 11:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are scheduled to have a fourth debate on whether to approve $15.4 billion in Medicaid managed-care contract extensions sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Under the current deals, set to expire Jan. 31, five managed-care companies oversee health services delivered to 1.5 million Medicaid... more »
  • Attorney general raises concerns about Edwards Medicaid plan

    December 11, 2017 7:29 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Attorney General Jeff Landry's office is raising "concerns" about whether Gov. John Bel Edwards can legally sidestep lawmakers to enact $15 billion in Louisiana Medicaid contracts through an emergency process. The guidance issued to lawmakers by the GOP attorney general suggests that if the Democratic governor's administration... more »
  • Try again? La. Medicaid deals could come up for another vote

    December 6, 2017 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana lawmakers may get a fourth time to consider approving $15.4 billion in Medicaid managed-care deals before Gov. John Bel Edwards enacts the contracts through an emergency process. Edwards' chief attorney Matthew Block sent a letter to House leaders Tuesday saying if they want the Legislature's joint... more »
  • After GOP rebuffs, Edwards to issue emergency Medicaid deals

    November 21, 2017 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards intends to sidestep lawmakers to enact $15 billion in Medicaid contracts, after House Republicans voted twice to block deals to provide services to 1.5 million people. The Democratic governor plans to enact 23-month "emergency contracts" that will keep five managed-care companies overseeing... more »
  • Audit: Nursing home payments up, but not patient numbers

    November 20, 2017 1:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new audit says Louisiana's payments to private nursing homes for taking care of Medicaid patients have risen substantially over the last decade. But while the facilities are pocketing ever-higher dollars from the state, their occupancy rates stayed largely flat. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office said Louisiana uses... more »
  • Louisiana Medicaid managed-care contracts rejected again

    November 17, 2017 3:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has lost its latest effort to persuade House Republicans to back contract extensions for Louisiana's Medicaid managed-care companies. Friday was the second time House GOP lawmakers voted to block the deals. The companies coordinate health services for 1.5 million people.... more »
  • Louisiana Medicaid managed-care deals up for a third debate

    November 17, 2017 8:53 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is trying a third time to persuade lawmakers to approve contract extensions for Louisiana's Medicaid managed-care companies, which coordinate health services for 1.5 million people. The joint legislative budget committee debates the deals again Friday. GOP lawmakers have questioned whether the... more »
  • House GOP suggests changes to Louisiana Medicaid contracts

    November 16, 2017 2:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- House Republicans have devised a list of proposed changes they want to see made to deals with the private companies that manage care for 1.5 million Louisiana Medicaid recipients. The GOP lawmakers remain at odds with Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards over how to approach multibillion-dollar contracts... more »
  • No changes planned for Louisiana Medicaid deal extensions

    November 14, 2017 10:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite pushback from House Republicans, Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration isn't making changes to contract extensions sought for companies that manage care for 1.5 million Medicaid patients. The health department is presenting the same contract terms to lawmakers for consideration Friday that already were rejected by... more »
  • In election glow, Dems see health care as a winning issue

    November 9, 2017 7:50 AM

    WASHINGTON- Democrats are starting to see a political edge in health care - particularly the idea of widening Medicaid access for more low-income people - after big election victories Tuesday night. In Virginia, Democrat Ralph Northam promised a vigorous push as governor to expand Medicaid. Voters who said health... more »
  • $15B in Louisiana Medicaid contracts stalled

    November 3, 2017 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE-House Republican lawmakers have blocked contract extensions for managed-care companies that coordinate services for 1.5 million Medicaid patients in Louisiana. The extensions sought by Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration were up for approval Friday in the joint House and Senate budget committee. Senators unanimously backed the 23-month extensions,... more »
  • $15B in Louisiana Medicaid contracts up for consideration

    November 3, 2017 8:25 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's lawmakers take their second look Friday at a proposal to extend high-dollar contracts for the managed-care companies that coordinate health services for most state Medicaid patients. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is seeking to keep the deals in place for the five managed-care companies for another... more »
  • Louisiana spending on Medicaid prescription drugs questioned

    October 27, 2017 7:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana appears to be shelling out millions for Medicaid patients' prescription drugs above the reimbursement paid to pharmacists, dollars pocketed by private companies managing the care. A legislatively-created task force searching for waste in Louisiana's Medicaid program wants more details on how those deals work - and... more »
  • Audit: More oversight needed of Medicaid managed-care firms

    October 23, 2017 2:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new audit says Louisiana's health department doesn't properly monitor managed-care organizations that provide services for most state Medicaid patients to ensure they have enough specialists to treat mental health problems and drug addiction. The legislative auditor's report released Monday comes as the health department is asking... more »
  • Louisiana to receive $6M in EpiPen settlement

    September 12, 2017 10:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana has joined a multi-state settlement with Mylan Inc. that resolves allegations the drug manufacturer knowingly overcharged taxpayers for EpiPen and EpiPen Jr. dispensed to Medicaid beneficiaries. The announcement came from Attorney General Jeff Landry’s office. Mylan will pay $465 million to the federal government and... more »
  • Audit: $4.2M in improper La. Medicaid spending for lab work

    September 12, 2017 8:42 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana's Medicaid program improperly paid $4.2 million for laboratory services and tests that shouldn't have been covered. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office reviewed payments over five years, between July 2011, and June 2016, mainly during former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. Findings were... more »
  • Louisiana leaders blast Trump budget proposal

    May 23, 2017 11:30 AM

    BATON ROUGE – U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) called President Donald Trump’s budget proposal a “nonstarter.” He was joined by Rep. Cedric Richmond Tuesday morning blasting the proposal. “Taking funding away from Louisiana’s coastline is a nonstarter,” Cassidy said. “Our state’s future depends on this funding to rebuild our... more »
  • $368M budget boost sought for Louisiana Medicaid expansion

    May 22, 2017 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are being asked to add $368 million in federal funding to the health department budget to keep from running out of money for the state's Medicaid expansion. The Louisiana Department of Health has enrolled more people than expected in Medicaid expansion since Gov. John... more »
  • Auditor finds $1.4M in improper, duplicate Medicaid payments

    April 3, 2017 1:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A new audit says Louisiana's Medicaid program paid what appears to be $1.4 million in improper, duplicate payments for services over a five-year period. The report released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's Office says auditors reviewed Medicaid eligibility files and claims data covering January 2011 through October... more »
  • Audit: $6.4M misspent on dental claims in Louisiana Medicaid

    March 27, 2017 5:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A new audit says Louisiana's health department and its dental benefits program administrator paid $6.4 million for dental claims that violated the Medicaid program's rules. The report from Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office says the improper payments occurred between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2016. Auditors... more »
  • Louisiana governor urges Congress to keep Medicaid expansion

    March 14, 2017 2:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards is urging Congress to keep the Medicaid expansion program intact as they work to replace President Barack Obama's health care law. Louisiana's Democratic governor sent a letter Tuesday to Republican and Democratic congressional leaders. In it, he says he has "serious concern" with... more »
  • Senate confirms Trump pick to head Medicare and Medicaid

    March 13, 2017 9:00 PM

    WASHINGTON - A divided Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's pick to run the Medicare and Medicaid agency, the $1 trillion organization overseeing health insurance programs for more than 130 million Americans. Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma is a protégé of Vice President Mike Pence. She was approved Monday... more »
  • Muted response from Louisiana Republicans on health plan

    March 8, 2017 3:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's majority-Republican congressional delegation hasn't exactly embraced the GOP proposal to replace President Barack Obama's health care law. Only Rep. Steve Scalise, the third-ranking House Republican and a member of the leadership team pushing the replacement plan, has given a full-throated endorsement to the legislation. Other Louisiana... more »
  • Pence says health overhaul won't leave poor out

    March 1, 2017 8:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Mike Pence says "no one is going to fall through the cracks" as a result of Republican plans to replace the nation's health care law. Pence was referring to people on Medicaid, the federal-state program for low income Americans that is managed by the states. As... more »
  • More than 400,000 enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid expansion

    February 18, 2017 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Medicaid expansion has reached a new milestone, with more than 400,000 people enrolled for health services through the government-financed program started in July. The Department of Health announced the latest figures Thursday, saying the program is driving down Louisiana's uninsured rate. The agency says more than... more »
  • Marrero woman charged with embezzling over $500,000 via health care fraud

    February 1, 2017 5:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Marrero woman has been charged with embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Medicaid program. Monica Sylvest, 52, embezzled $536,724 during her time as a practice administrator for a local pediatric clinic from August 2014 through September 2016. She embezzled the money in the... more »
  • Edwards defends Medicaid expansion, as GOP works on repeal

    January 12, 2017 10:33 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Gov. John Bel Edwards laid out his defense for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion by having some of the program's patients describe the medical services they've received. Twenty-three-year-old Monika Calderon spoke of severe headaches that were diagnosed as a brain tumor. Medicaid expansion covered the cost of her surgery,... more »
  • GOP lawmakers criticize boost in health spending

    December 7, 2016 3:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican lawmakers on the House budget committee are bristling at the spending increases in the state health department, saying the agency can't keep growing every year. Rep. Rick Edmonds, a Baton Rouge Republican, called the growth in health care spending "astonishing." Rep. Tony Bacala, a Republican from... more »
  • Four people arrested for Medicaid fraud

    November 7, 2016 10:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE – Four people have been arrested for Medicaid fraud, Attorney General Jeff Landry announced on Monday. Landry's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested 51-year-old Djuana Richard, 45-year-old Joseph Richardson, 45-year-old Kishawn Holmes and 45-year-old Lynette Dowell. Richard was arrested on four counts on Medicaid fraud for allegedly... more »
  • Medicaid expansion expected to cost $376M more than budgeted

    November 4, 2016 9:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program is costing $376 million more than expected this year, as older and costlier uninsured people sign up for the free coverage. That's according to the latest data released by Louisiana's health department. The higher-than-expected cost boosts the estimated price tag for the program... more »
  • Medicaid expansion expected to cost $376M more than budgeted

    November 3, 2016 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program is costing $376 million more than expected this year, as older and costlier uninsured people sign up for the free coverage. That's according to the latest data released by Louisiana's health department. The higher-than-expected cost boosts the estimated price tag for the program... more »
  • Three women arrested for Medicaid fraud

    October 14, 2016 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE – The attorney general announced the arrests of three Louisiana women on Medicaid fraud charges. Kaitlyn Hamilton, 30, along with 49-year-old Kerri Morrison, were arrested for submitting falsified service documents. Additionally, 49-year-old Jennifer Franklin was arrested for submitting time sheets and service logs for a patient she... more »
  • $46M Medicaid contract extension supported by La. lawmakers

    October 6, 2016 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers have agreed to another one-year, $46 million contract extension for the firm that processes bills and handles health provider enrollment for Louisiana's Medicaid program. The contract renewal has become a yearly point of contention with House and Senate health care committee members, who feel stuck in... more »
  • 4 plead guilty in health care fraud scheme

    October 6, 2016 11:59 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - A Jan. 5 sentencing date has been set in New Orleans for four people who pleaded guilty in a health care conspiracy case. U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite said in a Wednesday news release that the four were part of a scheme involving the distribution of Medicare-funded "talking... more »
  • Louisiana tries to revive Planned Parenthood funding cut

    September 30, 2016 9:43 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for the state of Louisiana are trying to revive the state's Medicaid funding cut for Planned Parenthood clinics. Earlier this month a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an injunction blocking the cut, which would have kept needy Louisiana women from... more »
  • Medicaid expansion enrollment in Louisiana tops 300,000

    September 19, 2016 10:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The number of people who have signed up for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program continues to grow, surpassing 300,000. The Louisiana Department of Health released the latest figures Monday, saying more than 304,000 people are enrolled for the coverage that began July 1. The department says nearly 12,000... more »
  • Enrollment up 278,000 after Medicaid expansion

    August 10, 2016 12:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Since Medicaid eligibility expansion to cover working adults went into effect on July 1, more than 278,000 people have gained access to preventive and primary care through the Healthy Louisiana program, according to the State Department of Health. The DHH says the goal is cover 375,000... more »
  • Medicaid to cover mosquito repellent for Zika prevention

    August 4, 2016 2:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - With the Zika virus increasing its foothold in Florida, health officials have announced that Louisiana Medicaid will cover mosquito repellent to further prevent the disease. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Thursday that as of June 1, it will adopt a policy that will... more »
  • Officials see bright future for Medicaid expansion

    July 28, 2016 10:48 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state’s expanded Medicaid program, dubbed Healthy Louisiana, is expected by officials to become the blueprint for expansion of the program across the country. Health Secretary Rebekah Gee says the state has created a plan that allows food stamp applicants to sign up for Medicaid, making... more »
  • Wrongful termination lawsuit over Medicaid contract settled

    July 25, 2016 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A company whose $200 million Medicaid contract was canceled by former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has reached a settlement with Jindal's successor and ended its wrongful termination lawsuit against the state. Maryland-based Client Network Services Inc., known as CNSI, announced the settlement Monday. Under the... more »
  • Louisiana 1st state in Deep South to expand Medicaid

    June 30, 2016 4:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is becoming the first state in the Republican-dominated Deep South to expand its Medicaid program. More than 233,000 people - largely the working poor - have been enrolled so far in the government-financed insurance coverage offered under the health law championed by President Barack Obama. The... more »
  • Enrollment at 197,000 for Louisiana's Medicaid expansion

    June 8, 2016 2:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than 197,000 people have been enrolled in Louisiana's Medicaid expansion program, ahead of the July 1 start of the insurance coverage. The Department of Health announced the figures Wednesday. Most of the enrollment is not from people actively signing up, however. Nearly 187,000 people who already... more »
  • Edwards signs 1-year moratorium on pediatric health centers

    June 2, 2016 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - New Medicaid-financed centers aimed at helping "medically fragile" children won't be created in Louisiana for one year. Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed into law a measure placing a one-year moratorium on pediatric day health care centers, not allowing any new ones into the state-funded program until... more »
  • Medicaid expansion sign-up begins Play Video

    June 1, 2016 7:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Sign up for Medicaid expansion started Wednesday at CareSouth Health Clinic in Mid-City. There weren't lines out of the door since many people are signing up over the phone or by mail. "We're not being bombarded. A lot of people thought that would happen because today is the... 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 »
  • CATS to get Medicaid money Play Video

    May 12, 2016 7:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE- CATS bus system has entered a contract with the state health department to be reimbursed for a handful of Medicaid riders. CATS will get $20 every time it provides at-home pickups for qualifying patients. The reimbursements will bring in almost half a million dollars a year... more »
  • Lawmakers back 1-year delay on new pediatric health centers

    May 12, 2016 12:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers have agreed to block the creation of new Medicaid-financed centers aimed at helping "medically fragile" children. With an 85-0 vote Wednesday, the House gave final legislative passage to a measure placing a one-year moratorium on pediatric day health care centers, not allowing any new ones... more »
  • La. plans to use food stamp data in Medicaid expansion

    May 7, 2016 3:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State health department officials say they are confident they will receive federal approval for a plan to use data from food stamp applications to qualify people for Medicaid. The Times-Picayune reports the approach will allow the Department of Health and Hospitals to automatically qualify tens of thousands... more »
  • Feds issue new standards for Medicaid insurance plans

    April 25, 2016 5:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is setting new standards for Medicaid private insurance plans, now the main source of coverage for millions of low-income people. The rules issued Monday address insurers operating as Medicaid middlemen in 39 states. Each state runs its own program, although the federal government pays... more »
  • Health department revamps Medicaid expansion hiring plan

    April 11, 2016 12:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration is reworking its approach to hiring the staff needed to handle his Medicaid expansion effort after getting pushback from lawmakers. The agency initially proposed adding nearly 250 new workers to handle enrollment of the thousands of people expected to qualify for Medicaid... more »
  • Medicaid copay bills stall amid health provider opposition

    April 7, 2016 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Proposals to charge Medicaid patients copays for some prescription drugs and other services have fizzled in the Louisiana Legislature, including a measure backed by Gov. John Bel Edwards. Hearings on three Medicaid copay bills were scrapped in the House health committee Thursday. That included the bill by... more »
  • Louisiana revamping rules for health program for children

    April 1, 2016 9:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana is toughening regulations governing a four-year-old state Medicaid program aimed at helping "medically fragile" children that has ballooned to as much as $30 million this year. The Pediatric Day Health Care program is praised for offering nearly 700 disabled children specialized health services at daycare facilities... more »
  • Lawmaker wants to prove politicians are lying about Medicaid Play Video

    March 30, 2016 7:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Senator Ryan Gatti is taking a bold step, he sponsoring a bill he actually opposes. The Bossier City Republican wants to steal the thunder from opportunistic politicians who like to blame Medicaid patients for Louisiana's budget woes. The freshman senator said he's tired of hearing rumors... more »
  • Medicaid expansion could lessen, not stop cuts

    March 29, 2016 1:12 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The chief financial officer of Louisiana's health department says Medicaid expansion could save the state $124 million next year to help lessen the blow of budget cuts. Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration says Louisiana could take advantage of enhanced federal financing to produce savings if it expands... more »
  • Last-minute financing maneuver could boost Medicaid funding

    March 8, 2016 11:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers think they have found a way to tap into more money for Louisiana's Medicaid program, without more taxes. A little-noticed financing maneuver added to legislation Monday night by senators is estimated to bring in at least $250 million more annually for Medicaid. The maneuver,... more »
  • Edwards delays Medicaid expansion hiring plan review

    January 29, 2016 11:32 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration has postponed a legislative hearing on the hiring plans associated with the governor's efforts to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program. The joint House and Senate budget committee had been scheduled Friday to consider a request from the Department of Health and Hospitals to... more »
  • La. Medicaid expansion plan up for first legislative test

    January 29, 2016 6:58 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Gov. John Bel Edwards' plan to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program is facing its first legislative test. The Democratic governor's administration is seeking support to hire new health department workers to sign people up for the expanded coverage. The Department of Health and Hospitals wants to add 248 new... more »
  • DHH says cuts could be 'catastrophic' to Medicaid patients Play Video

    January 27, 2016 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Department of Health and Hospitals said on Wednesday that $131 million in cuts which could come from midyear budget negotiations could be "catastrophic" for those who rely on Medicaid. DHH Secretary Dr. Rebekah Gee said they submitted their plan Wednesday for how to spread the... more »
  • New AG plans to continue appeal in Planned Parenthood case

    January 27, 2016 3:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana will continue to try to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics. Attorney General Jeff Landry announced Wednesday that his office is taking over the case left from former Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration. Landry says he intends to move ahead with an appeal... more »
  • Medicaid expansion expected to roll out in May

    January 27, 2016 1:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state health department hopes to start signing up eligible people for Medicaid expansion by May, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Officials at the Department of Health and Hospitals believe 300,000 more Louisianans will have Medicaid cards 'in hand' and can start using them July 1. DHH... more »
  • Centene loses personal, health data of 950,000 members

    January 26, 2016 10:42 AM

    ST. LOUIS - Health insurer Centene Corp. says it is missing half a dozen hard drives that contain the personal and health information of roughly 950,000 clients. Centene is a Fortune 500 company that runs managed health-care plans for Medicaid programs in various states, including Louisiana . "... more »
  • Edwards: "Shame" that Louisiana hasn't progressed further since MLK's day Play Video

    January 18, 2016 3:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's new governor compared his fight against poverty to the civil rights movement of the 1960's. "The shame is we haven't made as much progress as we should have," Governor John Bel Edwards said Monday Edwards, who was observing Martin Luther King Day at Mt.... more »
  • Edwards signs executive order to begin Medicaid expansion

    January 12, 2016 8:23 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Newly-minted Gov. John Bel Edwards signed his first executive order Tuesday, beginning the process to expand Medicaid in Louisiana. The signing comes two days before President Barack Obama's visit to Baton Rouge, where he'll champion his federal health care overhaul that allows for the Medicaid expansion.... 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 »
  • Health chief: Changes made to medical transportation program

    December 18, 2015 4:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Health and Hospitals Secretary Kathy Kliebert says her agency thinks it has finally found a way to fix oversight problems with a program that provides non-emergency medical transportation to Medicaid recipients. The state spends $18 million annually on the services. But legislative audits have repeatedly listed lax oversight... more »
  • Healthcare and higher ed could be broke by spring Play Video

    December 14, 2015 8:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Health care and higher education could be broke by spring if money isn't raised for state services. There's a $227 million shortfall for Medicaid and the college tuition program, TOPS, according to Jan Moller with the Louisiana Budget Project. "This is an extremely serious situation," said Moller.... more »
  • Senators seek plan to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program

    December 7, 2015 1:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State senators are asking Louisiana's health department to draw up a Medicaid expansion proposal within weeks, as they ready for a new governor who wants to tap into that provision of the federal health care law. Lawmakers have repeatedly rejected Medicaid expansion plans, siding with Republican Gov.... more »
  • Medicaid expansion timeline under Edwards may be slowed

    November 24, 2015 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While he pledged to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program on "day one" in office, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is finding out that might be trickier than he thought. The financing plan enacted by lawmakers is caught up in a swirl of legal questions, and Edwards is saying... more »
  • Edwards still plans to expand Medicaid Play Video

    November 23, 2015 7:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor-Elect John Bel Edwards plans to expand Medicaid early on in his term. Louisiana is one of twenty states that hasn't expanded the program offered under the Affordable Care Act. "We're going to do it as soon as we can, as responsibly as we possibly can, and... more »
  • Planned Parenthood sues Texas over blocked Medicaid dollars

    November 23, 2015 2:16 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Planned Parenthood is suing Texas over attempts to block Medicaid dollars, beginning another courtroom fight between the nation's largest abortion provider and a Republican-controlled state. Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards said Monday the lawsuit aims to protect health care access for 13,500 patients statewide. Texas moved to... more »
  • Vitter talks of his conditions for Medicaid expansion in La.

    November 13, 2015 5:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Republican candidate for governor David Vitter defended his opposition to the federal health care overhaul even as he told an audience supportive of the law that he'd consider tapping into its Medicaid expansion provisions. The comments came at a forum held Friday in north Baton Rouge... more »
  • Feds worry that low-income people may not get hepatitis cure

    November 5, 2015 6:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it is concerned that some states are restricting access by low-income people to costly, revolutionary drugs for a liver-wasting disease called hepatitis C. In a notice to state Medicaid directors Thursday, the government reminded states of their legal obligations to cover prescription medications... more »
  • Judge blocks Alabama from ending Planned Parenthood funding

    October 28, 2015 11:44 AM

    MONTGOMERY - A federal judge has blocked Alabama's effort to cut off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Wednesday issued an order directing the state to restore funding to Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood Southeast took Alabama to federal court, arguing the state didn't have a... more »
  • Judge: Louisiana must fund Planned Parenthood for 14 days Play Video

    October 19, 2015 8:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- A federal judge in New Orleans has ordered Louisiana to continue providing Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood clinics for 14 more days while a legal battle continues over Gov. Bobby Jindal's recent order to block the funding. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles in Baton Rouge ruled early Monday.... more »
  • Planned Parenthood funding in Louisiana in jeopardy

    October 16, 2015 9:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge says he will rule by Monday on Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to cut off state Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood's Louisiana clinics. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles heard arguments in the case Friday in Baton Rouge. Without court intervention, the funding is expected to... more »
  • Attorneys to testify about Medicaid cancellation decision

    October 14, 2015 1:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A district court judge has ruled that state attorneys must testify about how the decision was reached to cancel a nearly $200 million Medicaid contract. Judge Tim Kelley made the ruling Tuesday after Client Network Services Inc. sought to depose layers from the Jindal administration as... more »
  • Planned Parenthood challenges new Medicaid removal effort

    October 7, 2015 7:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Planned Parenthood is contesting the new approach Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has taken to remove it from Louisiana's Medicaid program. The organization amended its lawsuit in federal court Wednesday, seeking to keep the state health department from ending its Medicaid provider agreements. Jindal, running for... more »
  • Judge reinstates Arkansas' Planned Parenthood contract

    September 18, 2015 6:20 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A federal judge has ordered Arkansas to temporarily reinstate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood after the state blocked funding over concerns about secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker on Friday granted Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's request to... more »
  • Auditor: Report on Jindal Medicaid privatization improved

    September 15, 2015 8:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's legislative auditor says the health department is doing a better job of submitting required information about Gov. Bobby Jindal's Medicaid privatization. Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office issued a blistering commentary in 2014 that said Jindal's Department of Health and Hospitals submitted a privatization evaluation to lawmakers that... more »
  • Louisiana officials try new path to block Planned Parenthood

    September 11, 2015 4:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is trying a new approach to remove Planned Parenthood from Louisiana's Medicaid program, this time saying it has a reason to block the clinics. Jindal, an anti-abortion Republican running for president in 2016, had initially ended Medicaid provider agreements with Planned Parenthood without... more »
  • Former Baton Rouge rehab worker pleads guilty to Medicaid fraud

    September 4, 2015 8:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A former director of a Baton Rouge rehabilitation and detoxification treatment center admitted in federal court that she surreptitiously used patient information to obtain and distribute thousands of prescription medications. U.S. Attorney Walt Green said in a news release that 49-year-old Shanta Barnes also obtained Medicaid reimbursements for... more »
  • Judge to decide if Planned Parenthood stays in La. Medicaid

    September 2, 2015 11:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A federal judge questioned why Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration removed Planned Parenthood from Louisiana's Medicaid program if its clinics are competent to provide health care services. The questioning from U.S. District Judge John deGravelles came at a Wednesday hearing as he considers a request from Planned... more »
  • Justice Department sides with Planned Parenthood in lawsuit

    September 1, 2015 11:06 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Justice Department is telling a federal judge that Gov. Bobby Jindal's decision to oust Planned Parenthood from Louisiana's Medicaid program appears to violate federal law. In a court filing, the DOJ says the Jindal administration hasn't offered "sufficient reasons" to keep Planned Parenthood Gulf... more »
  • Louisiana files response to Planned Parenthood lawsuit

    August 31, 2015 3:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration tells a federal judge Louisiana can boot Planned Parenthood from its Medicaid program. Lawyers for Jindal health secretary Kathy Kliebert filed documents in advance of a Wednesday court hearing. The documents argue Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast shouldn't be given a restraining order to... more »
  • Planned Parenthood sues Jindal over Medicaid order

    August 25, 2015 11:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday asking a judge to stop Governor Bobby Jindal's attempt to end their Medicaid service provider agreement, and with it Medicaid funding. Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast and three patients filed the suit requesting an injunction to stop enforcement of Jindal's... more »
  • Planned Parenthood supporters deliver thousands of letters to Gov. Jindal Play Video

    August 14, 2015 6:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - More than a dozen Planned Parenthood supporters showed up on the steps of the State Capitol Friday to stand against the governor's decision to halt state funding to the organization. The group delivered more than 6,000 personalized letters to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk, and they're all... more »
  • Arkansas ending Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood

    August 14, 2015 5:20 PM

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he's ending the state's Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood, despite U.S. health officials warning other states that such a move could violate the law. The Republican governor on Friday announced Arkansas is terminating its Medicaid provider contract with Planned Parenthood.... more »
  • Louisiana, Alabama told actions may violate federal law

    August 13, 2015 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Federal health officials have warned Louisiana and Alabama that they may be violating federal law by ending state Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood. Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said Thursday that the federal Medicaid agency notified the states... more »
  • Jindal ends Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood

    August 3, 2015 3:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Governor Bobby Jindal announced Monday the state's health department is cancelling its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood because of hidden videos recorded by a pro-life activist group. The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals said they informed Planned Parenthood of the decision Monday. The governor's office... more »

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