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  • $859M in La. health care cuts expected Friday

    July 13, 2012 6:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Health care providers and patients who rely on Louisiana's Medicaid program are expected to learn today how the Jindal administration plans to slash $859 million in the program that takes care of the poor, elderly and disabled. The cut is tied to a congressional reduction... more »
  • 2 women plead guilty in health care fraud case

    January 25, 2012 10:52 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two Pineville women have pleaded guilty to federal charges of health care fraud. Forty-seven-year-old Carla Clark and 57-year-old Lillie Lavan enter that pleas Monday before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Polozola. The women were accused of creating false and misleading medical records and... more »
  • Malnourished, neglected horses now getting care

    January 23, 2012 9:32 AM

    MANY, La. (AP) - Greener pastures are greeting some of the malnourished and neglected horses seized two weeks ago from a Sabine Parish property owner. The Sabine Humane Society has been successful in finding additional foster homes where the animals can receive individualized attention. Still, society members are being "extremely... more »
  • Preliminary deal reached in health care cutbacks

    January 13, 2012 11:03 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Attorneys say a preliminary settlement has been reached in a dispute over cutbacks in state funding for home health care for disabled Louisiana residents. Nell Hahn, an attorney for the nonprofit Advocacy Center, told U.S. District Judge James J. Brady on Thursday that the state... more »
  • AP: Medicare Yanks Licenses, Gives Them Right Back

    October 16, 2011 11:26 AM

    MIAMI (AP) - Regulators fighting an estimated $60 billion to $90 billion a year in Medicare fraud frequently suspend Medicare providers, then quickly reinstate them after appeals hearings that government employees don't even attend, according to an Associated Press review. Federal prosecutors say the speedy reinstatements - though helpful to... more »
  • Lafayette Pet Adoption Day

    October 15, 2011 11:37 PM

    The Animal Care Hospital in Lafayette held a howl--ween bash. Dozens gathered for a pet costume contest and adoption day. Over the year, more than one thousand pets are rescued from the Vermillion Parish Gas Chamber and placed into loving homes.
  • Concerns on Health Care Cutbacks

    February 8, 2011 7:43 PM

  • Health Chief: Medicaid pay must reflect results

    January 26, 2011 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's health chief says Louisiana must change its health care system for the poor by tying the money that supports it to improving the health of its patients. Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce Greenstein said that the state's Medicaid rolls have grown... more »
  • Boustany Speaks Out on Health Care Repeal

    January 19, 2011 6:37 PM

    Representative Charles Boustany today vote to repeal the Health Care law passed by the Democratic-controlled Congress in 2010. "This vote is the first step to dismantling the damage caused by President Obama's health care law, which passed last year despite objections from most Americans," Boustany said. "I hope that my... more »
  • First Judge to Rule Against Health Care Reform

    December 13, 2010 12:24 PM

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge in Virginia has declared the Obama administration's health care reform law unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson is the first judge to rule against the law, which has been upheld by two others in Virginia and Michigan. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli filed... more »
  • Jindal says 'no' to increased health care fees

    December 2, 2010 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal says he won't support increased fees on health care services in Louisiana as a way to help balance the state's budget. Jindal said Thursday that he considers state fee hikes on hospital visits, nursing home beds and medications - called "provider fees"... more »
  • Landrieu, Grassley Discuss Foster Care on TV

    September 30, 2010 8:06 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, is joining a Republican colleague in a national television appearance to promote better foster care for children. Landrieu and Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, are to appear Friday on the Dr. Phil show to discuss foster care and adoption.... more »
  • Health Care Providers Worried About Jindal Administration's Plans to Change Health Care for Poor

    September 20, 2010 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Health care providers are worried about the Jindal administration's plans to make changes in the way health care for the poor is delivered. Hospital and doctor groups are advising their members to be wary of signing onto the new insurance-based system. The head of the... more »
  • 7 in Intensive Care After Ala. Plant Ammonia Leak

    August 24, 2010 8:35 PM

    THEODORE, Ala. (AP) - Seven people remained hospitalized in intensive care Tuesday as federal investigators sought the cause of an ammonia leak a day earlier in a plant that freezes chickens. An attorney for Millard Refrigerated Services, which operates the coastal Alabama plant, said there had been no similar problems... more »
  • Health Care Overhaul Extend the Life of Medicare by 12 years

    August 5, 2010 11:16 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The annual checkup of the government's big benefit programs for the elderly showed that the administration's sweeping health care overhaul will extend the life of the Medicare hospital insurance fund by 12 years. But officials are cautioning that the dramatic gain will depend on achieving significant savings... more »
  • Program Gives Bags to Children Before Foster Care

    July 28, 2010 11:46 PM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Mindy and Andrew Viteri are on a mission. They want to help children entering the foster care system begin their journey on the right foot. And part of that new beginning includes how they're treated the moment they leave their homes. "We're hearing these children are... more »
  • Cardiovascular Institute of the South Extends Care to Youngsville

    July 26, 2010 12:31 PM

    YOUNGSVILLE- To make cardiovascular care more accessible for the Youngsville community, Cardiovascular Institute of the South (CIS) announces the opening of a new clinic located at 1516 Chemin Metairie, Suite 100 B. Dr. Wade May will begin seeing patients at this new location on Monday, July 26. CIS is... more »
  • Feds Indict Man, Woman in Health Care Fraud Case

    June 6, 2010 11:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A 44-year-old Franklin man and a woman who worked for him have been indicted on charges of health care fraud. U.S. Attorney Stan Lemelle says a grand jury handed up a 10-count indictment on Thursday against Ray A. Kirt and 57-year-old Peggy Mingo faces six... more »
  • LA House Scraps Plan to Nullify Health Care Until Later

    May 4, 2010 5:36 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House scrapped its Tuesday plans to debate a bid to nullify the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana. Instead, lawmakers will take up the measure later in the session. The proposal by Rep. Kirk Talbot declares no one can be mandated to... more »
  • LA Attempts to Nullify Healthcare Bill

    May 4, 2010 1:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana House is set to debate an attempt to nullify the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana. The proposal by Rep. Kirk Talbot declares no one can be mandated to pay a penalty if they don't have insurance or be required to... more »
  • Nullifying Health Care in LA Squeaks Through Committee

    April 20, 2010 12:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A bill that attempts to nullify the federal health care overhaul in Louisiana has squeaked through the House Insurance Committee on a 5-4 vote. The proposal by Republican Rep. Kirk Talbot is backed by Gov. Bobby Jindal. It asserts that Congress cannot require a person... more »
  • Boustany Holding Health Care Meeting Right Now

    April 1, 2010 12:27 PM

    Right now, U.S. Representative Charles Boustany is holding a roundtable meeting with home health and other medical providers to discuss affects of the new health care law on Acadiana. KATC's Sarah Rosario is there and will have more tonight at 5:00.
  • Louisiana Attorney Drafts Letter Opposing Health Care Reform

    March 26, 2010 3:47 PM

    As Attorney General, I am duty bound by my oath of office to pursue a request by the Governor of the state of Louisiana for legal assistance, so long as it has substantial legal merit. To save Louisiana the potential expense of filing a separate suit regarding... more »
  • Threats Continue Following Health Care Vote

    March 25, 2010 5:54 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A fax bearing the image of a noose. Profane voice mails. Bricks thrown, a gas line cut. White powder sent to an office. Democrats and a few Republicans revealed mounting numbers and unsettling details of threats against them Thursday in the ... more »
  • Local Health Care Rally

    March 23, 2010 4:49 PM

    Flag waving, sign bearing protesters of the government against the health care plan gathered at Putnam Park to pray for their country and to voice concern about the direction the government is taking. They argue "If you are frustrated, angry and tired of the corruption and games taking place in... more »
  • Louisiana Among 13 States Suing Federal Government

    March 23, 2010 2:10 PM

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Attorneys general from 13 states sued the federal government Tuesday, claiming the landmark health care overhaul is unconstitutional just seven minutes after President Barack Obama signed it into law. The lawsuit was filed in Pensacola after the Democratic president signed... more »
  • Jindal Says Health Care Unconstitutional

    March 22, 2010 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the congressional health care legislation approved this weekend is unconstitutional. Jindal said Monday that he's asked Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office to work with other states to protest the Democrats' health overhaul. The governor asserts states' rights privileges and contends... more »
  • David Vitter Files Bill to Repeal Health Care Bill

    March 22, 2010 2:47 PM

    From David Vitter's Office: U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced legislation that would repeal the newly-passed government-run health care bill. “Last night, against the will of the American people, liberals passed a bill to take over our health care system. This partisan bill – which... more »
  • Attorney General No Decision On Health Care

    March 22, 2010 1:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Democratic attorney general hasn't decided whether he'll challenge the congressional health care legislation approved this weekend. In a statement, Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Monday that he's got his top staff researching the issue and he's conferring with other attorneys general around the country.... more »
  • Louisiana Bishops Object to Health Care Bill

    March 18, 2010 5:56 PM

    “ The Louisiana Conference of Catholic Bishops strongly supports the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in their opposition to the current Senate health care bill. Some in the Catholic Church maintain that the Senate bill will not provide taxpayer funding for abortions and that it will uphold longstanding... more »
  • Governor Jindal Announces Appointments to the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee

    December 1, 2009 10:09 AM

    Governor Bobby Jindal Announces Appointments to the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee BATON ROUGE - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced appointments to the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee. The Respiratory Care Advisory Committee serves to advise the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners on issues affecting applicants for licensure and... more »
  • Vitter to appear on GMA / Health Care Roundtable

    November 23, 2009 1:48 PM

    Vitter to Health Care Roundtable in Lafayette Participants discuss the new Senate health care bill and its impact on Louisianians (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter will host a health care roundtable in Lafayette at the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce (804 East Saint Mary Blvd., Lafayette)... more »
  • Benefit the Boogie

    November 23, 2009 11:45 AM

    David Egan has been writing and singing the blues for most of his fifty five years. Egan grew up in a musical household but it wasn't until he was 19 that he made the decision to make it his profession. Since then the Shreveport native has been all over the... more »
  • Lafayette Churches Comes Together for Health Care Reform

    November 13, 2009 12:02 PM

    Lafayette, LA - Pastors and church members will come together to worship, pray and fellowship around the need for health care reform. The local faith community is coming together to declare that after decades of waiting, now is the time to finally deliver comprehensive reform. Over 200 people will... more »
  • Local Company Provides Free Home Care to Veterans

    November 9, 2009 2:30 PM

    A First Name Basis Home Care, founded in Lafayette with offices in New Orleans, Mandeville and Baton Rouge, provides non-medical home care to its clients. The company assists seniors with their daily needs in their homes, often avoiding placement in assisted livings or nursing homes. A company sponsored program... more »
  • DSS Provides Update on Child Care Licensing Reform

    November 3, 2009 3:00 PM

    Initial Risk Assessment Results in 12 Operating Licenses Being Revoked: BATON ROUGE - As part of the child care licensing reform efforts announced in September, Louisiana Department of Social Services (DSS) Secretary Kristy Nichols today announced that an initial 90-day assessment of a select number of child care centers... more »
  • Second Annual Homeless Connect Links Citizens with Resources & Services

    October 29, 2009 10:33 AM

    In recognition of National Hunger & Homelessness Week, Acadiana Regional Coalition on Homelessness & Housing (ARCH), Lafayette Catholic Service Centers (LCSC) and the Lafayette Parish Sheriff's Office (LSPO) will host its second annual resource fair, Homeless Connect: Linking Citizens with Resources & Services, on November 18, 2009 from 9 am... more »
  • Department outlines policy for food program

    October 27, 2009 9:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana State Department of Education, Division of Nutrition Assistance, has announced its administration of the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), in accordance with Federal Law and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy. All participants in attendance will be offered the... more »
  • Carencro Bus Accident : UPDATE

    October 23, 2009 9:28 AM

    On October 23, 2009, at approximately 7:40am, officers with the Carencro Police Department responded to the 300 block of Veterans Drive in reference to a vehicle crash involving a school bus. Upon arriving on scene, officers discovered that a Lafayette Parish School bus, which was traveling east on Veterans... more »

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