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  • 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 »
  • 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 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 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 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 »

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