November 18, 2014 7:15 AM
BATON ROUGE - Open enrollment has begun for those wanting to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. There are some changes this year, including increased fines for being uninsured and a shorter enrollment period.
"The biggest single change is that the fines have tripled," Louisiana Healthcare Education... more »
November 14, 2014 12:49 PM
WASHINGTON - Many of the 7 million consumers who got insurance under the president's health care law will see premiums go up next year, unless they're willing to switch to another plan. That was the assessment of independent analysts as the Health and Human Services department released a massive computer... more »
November 13, 2014 6:43 PM
BATON ROUGE - Round two of enrollment for Obamacare starts Saturday and the government hopes signups are smoother after the website was overwhelmed the first time.
Several changes were made to Healthcare.gov including a way to preview plans which will let people compare estimated premiums, deductibles and maximum out-of-pocket... more »
November 10, 2014 12:06 PM
WASHINGTON - The administration is dialing back expectations for health insurance sign-ups in the second year of President Barack Obama's big push to cover uninsured Americans. A report released Monday by the Health and Human Services department estimates that 9 million to 9.9 million paying customers will enroll for 2015.... more »
November 7, 2014 10:52 AM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says starting this weekend, consumers can get an early peek at 2015 premiums and plans under the president's health law. Open enrollment starts Nov. 15, a week from Saturday. But Lori Lodes, spokeswoman for HealthCare.gov, said Friday that consumers will be able to "window shop"... more »
October 28, 2014 11:12 AM
BATON ROUGE - Even as another poll shows the federal health care law remains highly unpopular in Louisiana, Sen. Mary Landrieu has doubled down on her support for the revamp. In the latest Senate race debate, the Democratic incumbent said while the signature initiative of President Barack Obama's administration needs... more »
October 20, 2014 1:28 PM
WASHINGTON - Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal "Obamacare," but GOP governors don't see the president's health care law going away. Nine Republican governors have accepted the law's Medicaid coverage expansion for low-income people, despite their own misgivings about big government and... more »
August 13, 2014 2:47 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Obama administration says the clock is ticking for hundreds of thousands of people who have unresolved issues affecting their coverage under the new health law. Officials said Tuesday that letters are going out to about 310,000 people whose citizenship and information documentation doesn't match what the government... more »
July 23, 2014 2:47 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congress will hear testimony Wednesday detailing how undercover investigators used fake identities to get taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover operatives were able to get subsidized health care in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is... more »
July 22, 2014 10:39 AM
WASHINGTON - There's another legal battle involving President Barack Obama's health care law, which could impact thousands in Louisiana who receive help paying for their plans.
Two federal appeals courts today have issued contradictory rulings on a key financing issue. The rulings came within hours of each other.
... more »
June 30, 2014 9:21 AM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is going to have to find another way to make sure that women have health care coverage that includes contraceptives. The Supreme Court today said some corporations can opt out of that requirement, if they are owned by a small group of people with religious... more »
June 11, 2014 2:43 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The insurance industry says more options for bare-bones coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law would entice healthy young adults to sign up, helping to stabilize premiums. Insurers want Congress to change the law to allow subsidies for consumers who buy so-called catastrophic plans. Given the... more »
June 4, 2014 1:00 PM
WASHINGTON - A government document provided to The Associated Press says more than 2 million people who got health insurance under President Barack Obama's law have data discrepancies that could jeopardize coverage for some. Two million people works out to about one out of four who signed up, creating a... more »
May 23, 2014 3:20 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama celebrated when sign-ups for his health care law topped 8 million, exceeding expectations. But a new poll shows Americans remained unimpressed. The Associated Press-GfK poll finds that public opinion is still deeply negative on the Affordable Care Act, Obama's signature effort to cover the uninsured.... more »
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 »
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 »
April 30, 2014 5:35 PM
WASHINGTON - A report by House Republicans says that one-third of people who signed up for health insurance through new federal exchanges hadn't paid their first month's premium as of mid-April.
But administration officials, outside experts and the insurance industry questioned the conclusions.
The report by Energy and... more »
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 »
April 11, 2014 10:26 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says he's nominating his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to succeed Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary.
The Cabinet shuffle lets Obama put a new face on his new health care law.
The move comes more than a week after the... more »
April 10, 2014 5:56 PM
WASHINGTON - A White House official says Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from the Obama administration. The move comes just a week after the close of the rocky enrollment period for President Barack Obama's health care law. Website failures marred the opening weeks of the six-month... more »
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 »
April 2, 2014 3:46 PM
WASHINGTON - The company that is leading the legal challenge against birth control coverage under "Obamacare" offers its workers a retirement plan that includes investments in companies making contraceptive and abortion drugs. Hobby Lobby Stores has a 401(k) plan featuring several mutual funds investing in pharmaceutical firms that produce intrauterine... more »
April 2, 2014 10:50 AM
WASHINGTON - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering an alternative to President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, saying states should play a greater role in containing health care costs. The potential 2016 presidential candidate says Obama's health care law should be "repealed in its entirety" but says fellow Republicans need... more »
April 1, 2014 12:43 PM
WASHINGTON - It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's enrollment deadline Monday. Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance. The government says people who started their online applications before the... more »
March 31, 2014 11:06 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says a new technical problem briefly prevented last-minute users from signing up on the government's health insurance website. The new problem comes as traffic is surging on deadline day. Health and Human Services spokesman Aaron Albright says technicians identified an issue affecting consumers trying... more »
March 26, 2014 11:25 AM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is giving more time for people to complete applications for health insurance, if they had already started the process.
Health and Human Service spokesman Aaron Albright said the administration will be ready to help people "in line" by the March 31 deadline finish their... more »
March 24, 2014 5:32 PM
BATON ROUGE - The deadline to enroll in a health insurance plan is fast approaching and already insurance agents are seeing a boom in the number of people rushing to sign up.
"Right now I'm working seven days a week, and the thing that's really frustrating about that is... more »
March 21, 2014 4:56 PM
WASHINGTON - The White House says it won't push back the March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama's health care law. But if you already started an application, you may get some extra time to finish it. Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Friday that the... more »
March 17, 2014 4:18 PM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says more than 5 million people have signed up for private health insurance under the new health care law. That still leaves about 1 million to go over the next two weeks for the White House to meet its latest goal of 6 million enrolled... more »
March 11, 2014 3:08 PM
WASHINGTON - The administration says President Barack Obama's health care law made steady progress in February, with more than 940,000 people signing up for coverage.
Even so, it's starting to look like the White House could well miss the unofficial goal of signing up 6 million people by the... more »
March 10, 2014 8:10 AM
BATON ROUGE - The deadline to sign-up for healthcare to avoid a tax penalty is March 31st. Doug Wilkinson, a state coordinator for the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, stopped by 2une In Monday to tell you what options you have to avoid the fee.
Watch the video for more... more »
February 12, 2014 3:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - The number of Louisianians who signed up for health insurance plans through the federal online marketplace has nearly doubled over the last month.
Federal health officials released the latest enrollment data Wednesday, showing that nearly 33,000 people in the state have selected a coverage plan by... more »
February 11, 2014 6:31 PM
BATON ROUGE - A delayed requirement for some businesses to provide health insurance for all their employees may not affect Louisiana as much as other states, but it is creating confusion for some business owners.
Florist Billy Heroman Jr. in Baton Rouge already provides insurance for his 85 employees,... more »
February 10, 2014 3:26 PM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is giving another delay to business groups concerned about the health care law's requirement that larger firms cover their workers.
The Treasury Department announced Monday that companies with 50 to 99 employees have an additional year to comply with the coverage mandate, until January... more »
February 10, 2014 3:17 PM
WASHINGTON - This time, they're giving you notice.
Some consumers won't be able to finish their online health insurance applications this weekend because Social Security's computer system will be undergoing heavy maintenance. It will not be able to verify Social Security numbers and certain other personal details needed for... more »
February 8, 2014 10:24 PM
NEW ORLEANS - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wants Louisiana residents to sign up for the Affordable Care Act by March 31. The Times-Picayune reports that Sebelius met with customers and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Friday. Sebelius wanted to remind people to that they have... more »
February 6, 2014 1:17 PM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is considering an extension of the president's decision to let people keep their individual insurance policies even if they are not compliant with the health care overhaul.
That's according to two top industry officials.
Avalere Health CEO Dan Mendelson says the administration may... more »
February 5, 2014 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE- A Louisiana man says he's lost in the gap between government assistance and private insurance, despite claims by the state that he should be covered.
Robert Reed says despite visits to numerous hospitals and attempts to get advice or help from several health care providers, he still... more »
February 5, 2014 3:16 PM
WASHINGTON - New estimates that President Barack Obama's health care law will encourage millions of Americans to leave the workforce or reduce their work hours have touched off an I-told-you-so chorus from Republicans, who've claimed all along that the law will kill jobs. But some aren't telling it straight.
... more »
February 4, 2014 11:40 AM
WASHINGTON - The Congressional Budget Office says President Barack Obama's health care law will mean a reduction of about 2.5 million jobs in 2024, ten years from now.
The nonpartisan CBO says the law will affect both the supply and demand for labor. It's a big increase from the... more »
January 13, 2014 3:21 PM
WASHINGTON - It's an older, costlier crowd that's signing up for health insurance under President Barack Obama's law. At least, that's how it looks for now.
Administration officials released age and gender breakdowns on Monday for more than 2 million Americans who had enrolled for government-subsidized private insurance by... more »
January 6, 2014 3:13 PM
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has refused a group of doctors' request to block implementation of the nation's new health care law.
Chief Justice John Roberts turned away without comment Monday an emergency stay request from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. and the Alliance for Natural... more »
January 3, 2014 10:22 AM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says a Supreme Court justice should stop blocking the new health care law's requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. The Justice Department Friday called on Justice Sonia Sotomayor to dissolve her stay on the contraceptive coverage requirement of the... more »
January 2, 2014 12:00 PM
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has thrown a hitch into President Barack Obama's new health care law by blocking a requirement that some religion-affiliated organizations provide health insurance that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor decided late Tuesday night to block implementation of the contraceptive coverage requirement, only hours before... more »
December 31, 2013 11:40 AM
WASHINGTON - Many of the major features of the federal health care overhaul go into effect on January 1.
They include new benefits, an insurance mandate, and the risk of more coverage disruptions.
Almost all Americans will be required to have health insurance.
Insurers can no longer... more »
December 30, 2013 6:59 AM
HONOLULU, HI - The Obama administration says its rehabilitated health insurance website has seen a December surge in customer sign-ups, pushing enrollment past the 1 million mark. Independent experts say that should put total enrollment in the new private insurance plans offered on both federal and state-run markets at about... more »
December 27, 2013 5:30 PM
BATON ROUGE- One Louisiana insurance company is extending its deadline to signup for Obamacare and still have coverage by January 1st.
Vantage Health Inc., based out of Monroe, is giving people until Tuesday, December 31st, to buy healthcare policies through the federal marketplace.
The company is giving people... more »
December 23, 2013 5:33 PM
BATON ROUGE- Those enrolling to receive coverage in the federal healthcare exchange will get an extra day to sign up.
Monday the Obama Administration extended the deadline to midnight Tuesday in case of heavy demand on the government website, according to Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the agency overseeing... more »
December 23, 2013 12:47 PM
CHICAGO - The federal government has extended the deadline for signing up for healthcare insurance through Tuesday.
The extension is in case of heavy demand on the government website, according to Julie Bataille, a spokeswoman for the agency overseeing the health overhaul.
Bataille said the grace period is... more »
December 20, 2013 5:23 PM
BATON ROUGE- With Obamacare facing its first major deadline, people are racing to sign up before Monday.
It's to ensure health coverage starts on January 1. To be covered by January 1, consumers have to be enrolled by December 23.
Leading up to the big day, Capital City... more »
December 11, 2013 9:22 AM
BATON ROUGE - The numbers of Louisiana residents who were able to sign up for health insurance through the federally-run online marketplace is edging up, with nearly 2,200 people enrolled. That's after two months of open enrollment through the problem-plagued website. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released... more »
November 28, 2013 6:07 AM
CHICAGO (AP) - Small businesses interested in buying marketplace health insurance plans for their workers will have to purchase them from agents, brokers or insurance companies for the next year, rather than through the government website. The Obama administration is delaying the launch of its online portal to the health... more »
November 26, 2013 11:25 AM
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the dispute over a birth control mandate in President Obama's health care law.
The issue has seen different rulings in lower courts over whether employers should be required to cover birth control for their employees or they can opt out due... more »
November 25, 2013 3:43 PM
WASHINGTON - If you're planning to sign up for insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law while the turkey is roasting, don't count on getting help by telephone. The Obama administration says call-center operators for HealthCare.gov have a day off for Thanksgiving, one of several scheduled holidays. Spokeswoman Julie... more »
November 19, 2013 6:30 PM
WASHINGTON - Work on the Healthcare.gov website will be ongoing past the end of November.
Sebelius told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Nov. 30 was, quote, "not a magic go, no go date. It is a work of constant improvement." She said the administration had some very specific... more »
November 14, 2013 10:19 AM
WASHINGTON - State insurance commissioners are voicing serious concerns about President Barack Obama's plan to stave off cancellations for people whose individual policies don't comply with the new health care law. In a statement Thursday, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners warned that the president's decision could undermine the new... more »
November 13, 2013 9:35 PM
BATON ROUGE- The problem-plagued Obamacare website has assisted fewer than 400 people in Louisiana in signing up for health insurance.
The online marketplace is part of the president's health care revamp. The site has problems and left many people unable to enroll for coverage despite numerous attempts.
Fewer... more »
November 12, 2013 12:23 PM
WASHINGTON - Former President Bill Clinton says President Barack Obama should find a way to let people keep their health coverage, even if it means changing the new insurance law. Clinton says Obama should "honor the commitment that the federal government made to those people and let them keep what... more »
November 5, 2013 5:27 PM
BATON ROUGE - Tens of thousands of Louisiana residents are realizing an uncomfortable truth; they won't get to keep their individually-purchased insurance when new health care regulations kick in next year.
Duane Leger received a letter that his policy didn't meet the essential care standards of the Affordable Care... more »
October 30, 2013 7:37 AM
WASHINGTON - Defending President Barack Obama's much-maligned health care overhaul in Congress, his top health official was confronted Wednesday with a government memo raising new security concerns about the trouble-prone website that consumers are using to enroll. The document, obtained by The Associated Press, shows that administration officials at the... more »
October 29, 2013 11:03 AM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is trying to lower expectations for strong initial enrollments under the president's historic expansion of health coverage for the medically uninsured. Facing ongoing problems with the enrollment website, Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner told Congress on Tuesday that "we expect the initial numbers to be small."... more »
October 28, 2013 5:40 PM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it's granting a six-week extension until March 31 for Americans to sign up for coverage next year and avoid new tax penalties under the president's health care overhaul law. Monday's move had been expected since White House spokesman Jay Carney promised quick action last... more »
October 21, 2013 8:03 AM
WASHINGTON - A lot of people who've been trying to register for the online insurance exchanges that are part of President Barack Obama's health care law have been frustrated by computer problems -- but Obama says nobody is more frustrated about it than he is. Speaking at a Rose Garden... more »
October 18, 2013 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Signing up for health insurance through the new online Marketplace is still difficult, and agencies are trying to find ways around the computer log jam.
The problem is felt by local agencies who help facilitate the application process.
"It's kind of frustrating because you feel... more »
October 5, 2013 12:06 PM
WASHINGTON D.C. - In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, 200 House Democrats demand the government re-open, ending the current shutdown.
Lead by Congressmen Timothy Bishop and Patrick Murphy, the letter expressed a bipartisan majority in favor of ending the government shutdown.
House Demcorats urged... more »
October 4, 2013 4:40 PM
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says it's planning fixes to the glitch-prone federal website that uninsured people can use to sign for coverage under the new health care law. Officials said late Friday that the application functions of healthcare.gov will be unavailable during off-peak hours this weekend for repairs. Technology... more »
October 2, 2013 6:29 PM
WASHINGTON - Congressional leaders from both parties emerged from a meeting with President Barack Obama tonight without any signs that they're closer to ending a government shutdown.
House Speaker John Boehner said the president is still refusing to negotiate over the shutdown, brought about when Congress couldn't agree over... more »
October 1, 2013 6:00 PM
BATON ROUGE- Wendy Johnson was eager to sign up for health insurance on the first day it was available. She's been without insurance for 20 years because she's self-employed.
"I've gone for 20 years without health insurance and that makes you very nervous and you never know what could... more »
October 1, 2013 11:34 AM
ATLANTA - Republican governors who oppose President Barack Obama's insurance overhaul have been largely silent on a day when consumers are beginning to peruse newly launched federal online health exchanges. Thirty-six states, most of them Republican-controlled, have opted to let the federal government run their exchanges. Consumers are getting their... more »
October 1, 2013 10:53 AM
BATON ROUGE - Opening day glitches were apparent as the online insurance marketplaces at the heart of the national health care overhaul opened. A spokesman for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana - one of four companies providing insurance through the exchange in Louisiana - said no one among... more »
September 30, 2013 5:53 PM
BATON ROUGE - New health care marketplaces open tomorrow, allowing millions to shop for health insurance, who may not have had coverage in the past.
In Baton Rouge, "Navigators" hired by the Capital Area Agency on Aging have been trained to help guide people through the process.
"The... more »
September 30, 2013 4:16 PM
WASHINGTON - Getting covered under President Barack Obama's health care law feels like a cross between doing your taxes and making an important purchase that requires research. During a media preview Monday Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said "nothing like this has ever existed before." You'll need accurate... more »
September 30, 2013 2:29 PM
WASHINGTON - There are signs that Republican unity may be weakening, as the deadline for averting a government shutdown draws near. For the first time since the showdown began more than a week ago, some Republican lawmakers are voicing dissent over the strategy that has been carried out at the... more »
September 27, 2013 12:42 PM
WASHINGTON - The Democratic-led Senate has blocked an effort to strip money from the president's health care law. The party-line, 54-44 vote clears the last obstacle to Senate approval of a measures aimed at preventing a government shutdown on Tuesday. The Republican-run House had included the Obamacare language in its... more »
August 15, 2013 12:00 PM
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. David Vitter told a packed town hall meeting that he will support a federal government shutdown this fall rather than agree to pay for President Barack Obama's health care law. Vitter was speaking at the Jones Creek Library in Baton Rouge this morning.
He... more »
May 16, 2013 5:43 PM
WASHINGTON - One more time, with feeling! The Republican-led House has voted yet again to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, knowing full well that won't stop it. Thursday's party-line vote marked the 37th time in a little over two years that the House has voted to eliminate, defund... more »
January 15, 2013 6:04 PM
PRAIRIEVILLE - Businesses are making cuts to their payroll ahead of the implementation of more health care reforms next year from the the Affordable Care Act.
Under the law, businesses with more than 50 full-time employees will be required to offer health insurance or face a penalty of $2,000... more »
December 27, 2010 11:36 AM
BATON ROUGE- Louisiana is awarded $3.5 million for making progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid. Our State is one of 15, to share $206 million.
Funding for the "performance bonuses" was included in the Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization (CHIPRA) legislation signed into law by President Obama earlier... more »