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  • Clinton calls for repeal of health care law's 'Cadillac tax'

    September 29, 2015 6:30 PM

    NEW YORK (AP) - Hillary Rodham Clinton is calling for the repeal of part of President Barack Obama's health care law, the so-called "Cadillac tax" on health insurance that's unpopular with large corporations and unions alike. Critics say it will raise costs for consumers, while supporters see it as a... more »
  • Health law sign-ups keep growing; uninsured rate declines

    August 13, 2015 2:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration says nearly a million people signed up for health insurance under the health care law even after the official enrollment season ended. That helped push the share of uninsured Americans below 10 percent and underscored how hard it could be for Republicans to dismantle the... more »
  • Poll: Approval for Supreme Court health care decision

    July 1, 2015 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A new poll finds that most Americans approve of the recent Supreme Court decision preserving the health care law's subsidized insurance premiums for people in all 50 states. Overall, 62 percent approved, while 32 percent disapproved, said the survey released Wednesday by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation. Opponents... more »
  • 138,000 in La. to keep health care subsidies after SCOTUS ruling

    June 25, 2015 10:17 AM

    WASHINGTON- The Supreme Court has upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans. The justices said in a 6-3 ruling Thursday that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable... more »
  • Analysts: Health law repeal boosts economy, adds red ink

    June 19, 2015 11:31 AM

    WASHINGTON - A new nonpartisan government study says that repealing President Barack Obama's signature health care law would boost the economy even as it increases budget deficits. The Congressional Budget Office says that completely repealing the law would, on average, increase the economy by 0.7 percent a year when economic... more »
  • 138,000 Louisianians could lose health insurance check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    June 18, 2015 8:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling on the Affordable Care Act that could leave almost 138,000 people in the Louisiana without health insurance. The conflict is over federal subsidies that help low and middle income people pay for their health insurance. In the... more »
  • Health insurers to increases Affordable Care Act rates

    June 3, 2015 8:15 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Health insurers covering more than 155,000 Louisiana residents under the Affordable Care Act are planning rate increases ranging from 12 percent to 24 percent in 2016. In records filed with the state Insurance Department, insurers say a number of factors played a role in the higher rates. Humana... more »
  • CDC: 11 million fewer uninsured since passage of Obama's law

    March 24, 2015 2:08 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - A couple of government reports say the number of uninsured U.S. residents fell by more than 11 million since President Barack Obama signed the health care overhaul five years ago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that still would leave about 37 million people uninsured.... more »
  • Rep. Graves talks immigration, Obamacare and Iran check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    March 9, 2015 9:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - It has been whirlwind start to 2015 for one of Louisiana's newest congressmen. Rep. Garret Graves (R) has hit the ground running since winning the run-off in the 6th Congressional District. He stopped by 2une In this morning to talk about his experience so far. "In... more »
  • Justices sharply divided over health care law subsidies

    March 4, 2015 11:26 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court is sharply divided over the tax subsidies that make insurance affordable for millions of Americans under President Barack Obama's health overhaul. The justices on Wednesday aggressively questioned the lawyers on both sides of the latest politically charged fight over the Affordable Care Act. Chief Justice... more »
  • Deadline to get health care without a penalty less than a week away check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    February 9, 2015 7:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The open enrollment period for health insurance under the affordable care act ends on February 15th. Brian Keller from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana stopped by 2une In this morning to explain what happens if you miss that deadline. "You may be out of luck... more »
  • ACA making taxes more complicated

    January 30, 2015 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Affordable Care Act is affecting the way many people file their taxes this year. It's one of the biggest changes to the tax code in decades and it's confusing even the professionals. The biggest change are two new forms: "1095-A," for people enrolled in... more »
  • BRG offers free healthcare enrollment help check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 6, 2015 7:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - If you're still uninsured, you're running out of time to sign up for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act. The Baton Rouge General wants to help by offering free help to enroll. Mid-City Campus Administrator George Bell joined us on 2une In Tuesday morning with all the... more »
  • Deadline closes in on penalties for the uninsured check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    January 5, 2015 6:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana residents without health insurance have about a month to sign up in order avoid penalties as tax season and deadlines loom. Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or "Obamacare"), all citizens are required to be insured or pay the price. With deadlines... more »
  • No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

    December 30, 2014 2:25 AM

    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year. It's a requirement under President Barack Obama's... more »
  • Newly insured struggle to find primary physicians

    December 7, 2014 10:25 AM

    MIAMI - Primary care doctors might be working longer hours, hiring more staff and relying on nurse practitioners, but the majority seem to be finding a way to keep up with the 6.7 million new patients under the Affordable Care Act. One of the purposes of the new health law... more »
  • BR schools cut hours to avoid insurance fines check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    December 3, 2014 5:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Teachers are missing from classrooms across the Baton Rouge area and fingers are pointed at Washington D.C. for the short supply. Under the Affordable Care Act, business that employ more than 50 full-time workers must provide health insurance for them. Full-time workers are defined under the... more »
  • What you need to know when enrolling for healthcare check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Keeping your health law plan may mean premium hike

    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 »
  • More web woes ahead of Obamacare enrollment check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Admin. dials back goal for health law sign-ups

    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 »
  • Consumers to get peek at 2015 health law premiums

    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 »
  • Landrieu sticks to support of unpopular health law

    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 »
  • GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

    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 »
  • Deadline to clear up health law eligibility near

    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 »
  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs

    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 »
  • Dueling rulings could impact La. insurance subsidies

    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 »
  • Justices: Can't make employers cover contraception

    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 »
  • Insurers will propose changes to Obama health law

    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 »
  • Data problems could jeopardize health insurance coverage

    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 »
  • Poll: Sign-ups rise but little love for health law

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • 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 »
  • GOP: Health insurance signups lagging

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Obama announces Sebelius resignation, successor

    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 »
  • Kathleen Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Hobby Lobby 401(k) invests in birth control makers

    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 »
  • Jindal: GOP needs 'Obamacare' alternative

    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 »
  • Missed the health care deadline? It's not too late

    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 »
  • Health care website stumbles on last day

    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 »
  • Healthcare sign-up deadline extended

    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 »
  • Health insurance deadline looms check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • White House hints at wiggle room on deadline

    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 »
  • Health care sign-ups hit 5M mark

    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 »
  • Steady health care sign-ups may miss goal of 6M

    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 »
  • Healthcare deadline approaches check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Health insurance signups near 33,000 in Louisiana

    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 »
  • Businesses say insurance delay creates uncertainty check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Health law's employer requirement will phase in

    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 »
  • Weekend tech maintenance to affect HealthCare.gov

    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 »
  • Sebelius visits New Orleans for health care

    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 »
  • Admin said to be eyeing insurance extension

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • AP Fact Check: Anti-Obamacare chorus is off key

    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 »
  • Budget Office: 2.5 million fewer jobs due to Obamacare

    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 »
  • Health care signups: More older Americans so far

    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 »
  • Roberts refuses to grant Obamacare emergency stay

    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 »
  • Gov't: Birth control mandate should not be blocked

    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 »
  • Supreme Court justice delays birth control mandate

    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 »
  • Big part of health care overhaul to go into effect

    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 »
  • Obamacare enrollment reaches one million

    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 »
  • Louisiana health insurance company extends its deadline check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Obamacare deadline pushed back a day check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Healthcare deadline extended

    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 »
  • Deadline looming to enroll in Obamacare

    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 »
  • Obamacare enrollments rise in La.

    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 »
  • Health overhaul- small business delay

    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 »
  • Supreme Court to hear cases on birth control mandate

    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 »
  • Health website call center closed on Thanksgiving

    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 »
  • Work continues on "Obamacare" website

    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 »
  • Donelon: Obamacare change could raise rates

    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 »
  • Few in La. use Obamacare site to get insurance

    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 »
  • Clinton: Obama should honor health care pledge

    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 »
  • Man with canceled insurance: "I knew it was coming" check to see if lock exists for regeneration Play Video

    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 »
  • Sebelius apologizes for healthcare rollout fiasco

    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 »
  • White House lowering insurance expectations

    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 »
  • WH grants insurance sign-up extension

    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 »
  • Obama vows to fix health care signup problems

    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 »

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