BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - About a third of the savings identified by a private analyst looking for ways to cut down costs in state government are tied to changes to health insurance used by about 230,000 state workers, retirees and their families. Susan West, head of the state Office... more »
Tonight, the Lafayette Parish School Board could choose a new insurance provider for the system.
Just a few weeks ago, the board rejected a proposal to switch from Blue Cross to a new company called Key Benefit Administrators. Teachers spoke against the change, saying they were happy with Blue... more »
The Lafayette Parish School Board is holding a health care workshop.
They're discussing changing insurance providers, meaning possible changes in benefits.
The talk of change isn't sitting well with some insurance users in the school system. They say the board is moving too fast and a new provider... more »
The number of Americans without healthcare insurance is higher than ever. According to the latest census, almost 50 million people don't have it. Louisiana has almost 900 uninsured residents.
Louisiana Consumer Healthcare Coalition Executive Director, Moriba Karamoko, said, "premiums in Louisiana have been increasing at three and four times... more »
President Obama's healthcare overhaul will extend coverage to an estimated 40 million people, but Lousiana lawmakers signed a bill that goes against much of what the president is trying to change.
Attorney Joseph Joy, said the bill is just an attempt to "appease the people--another political statement,... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is set to announce new health insurance benefits for consumers to mark the first 90 days since he signed landmark legislation to expand coverage. The White House says the announcement Tuesday will follow a private meeting between administration officials, several state insurance commissioners and... more »
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A proposed ban on health insurance coverage for all elective abortions has been scaled back by a Senate committee to affect only the state insurance purchasing pools set up by the federal health overhaul legislation. Lawmakers on the Senate Health and Welfare Committee say they... more »
WASHINGTON (AP) - New congressional projections show that nearly 4 million Americans will have to pay a penalty for not getting health insurance when that provision of President Barack Obama's health care overhaul is fully phased in. The vast majority of those who must pay will be middle class, which... more »
IN CHILDREN'S HEALTH COVERAGE
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today awarded $1.5 million to Louisiana for making significant progress in enrolling uninsured children in Medicaid and improving access to the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
Louisiana joins eight other states in receiving the first round of performance bonuses for... more »