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  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »
  • 2 Baton Rouge-area women accused of Medicaid fraud

    July 7, 2015 8:00 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Two Baton Rouge-area women have been booked with Medicaid fraud. State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said in a news release Monday that the women allegedly claimed services that were never rendered. Caldwell said 55-year-old Beatrice Scott, of Springfield, allegedly filed 149 false claims, billing Medicaid for $8,500. She... more »
  • Feds announce nationwide health care fraud sweeps

    June 18, 2015 12:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Health care fraud sweeps across the country have led to charges against 243 people, including doctors, nurses and pharmacy owners accused of bilking Medicare and Medicaid, the government announced Thursday. The dragnet spread from Miami to Los Angeles, and Dallas to Brooklyn, N.Y. Arrests were made earlier this... more »
  • House agrees to financing mechanism for Medicaid expansion

    May 13, 2015 4:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - House lawmakers gave quick, unanimous passage to a proposal that would help pay for a Medicaid expansion if Louisiana's next governor wants to provide coverage to the working poor. With a 96-0 vote Wednesday, the proposal by Republican House Speaker Chuck Kleckley was sent to the Senate... more »
  • Senate and House health committees reject Medicaid expansion check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 29, 2015 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers have refused to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program so the working poor could get government-funded health insurance. The Senate health care committee voted 5-3 Wednesday against a coverage expansion bill proposed by Bogalusa Sen. Ben Nevers, a Democrat. A few hours later, the House health care... more »
  • Grades for area nursing homes tank under new rating system check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    April 27, 2015 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If you know someone or have a loved one in a nursing home, you'll be shocked to hear only one in our area received the top rating according to Medicare's grading system for the homes. The Feds recently changed the way nursing homes are rated and... more »
  • At the Capitol: Representative Patricia Smith Play Video

    April 22, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Representative Pat Smith from the 67th district stopped by 2une In this morning to give us an update on what's been going on during the current legislative session. "We've got to make sure that our folks have a quality of life," said Smith. "That includes not... more »
  • Couple charged with defrauding Medicaid

    February 27, 2015 3:33 AM

    BAKER - The state attorney general says a Baker couple has been arrested on charges of allegedly conspiring to defraud the state's Medicaid program of more than $400,000. Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell says 41-year-old Shonda Augustus was arrested Feb. 4 and her husband, 36-year-old Melvin Williams, was arrested Tuesday.... more »
  • Woman accused of stealing from elderly Medicaid patient

    February 5, 2015 10:30 AM

    SHREVEPORT - State Attorney General Buddy Caldwell say a 51-year-old Bossier City woman has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $42,000 from an elderly Medicaid patient. Caldwell said in a news release that Connie Monts surrendered Tuesday to Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigators. He says Monts was booked with... more »
  • Investigation continues into canceled Medicaid contract

    January 13, 2015 1:52 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A special grand jury looking into a now-canceled $200 million state Medicaid contract has expired, but the attorney general's office says the investigation is ongoing. Gov. Bobby Jindal's former health secretary Bruce Greenstein has been indicted on nine perjury charges in the case. Assistant Attorney General David... more »
  • Feds: La. must repay $190M from LSU hospital deals

    December 23, 2014 5:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The federal Medicaid agency has approved financing plans for contracts that turn six LSU hospitals over to private companies. That ends questions about whether care for Louisiana's uninsured could be in jeopardy. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services also ordered Louisiana to repay $190 million... more »
  • 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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. check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 check to see if lock exists for regeneration 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 »

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