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  • Health officials raise red flag against meningitis

    March 3, 2014 10:54 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Health officials are urging people to take precautions against meningitis. The state Department of Health and Hospitals says an East Baton Rouge high school student died earlier this month from a strain of meningitis. State Epidemiologist Raul Ratard says the type of virus found in the... more »
  • LPSS Revisiting Health Insurance Debate Tonight

    October 2, 2013 5:14 PM

    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 »
  • Health Insurance Raising Concerns at LPSS

    August 27, 2013 7:09 PM

    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 »
  • Ukraine weddings can bring sickness before health

    August 19, 2013 3:52 AM

    RUZHYN, Ukraine (AP) - It was meant to be the happiest day of her life. Instead, Yulia Yukhimets' wedding ended with her being rushed to the hospital, weak, pale and hooked to an IV - together with nearly 60 guests. "I have always wanted all of this, but look how... more »
  • Doctor sentenced for health care fraud

    February 22, 2013 9:34 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A doctor who bilked Medicaid and Medicare as part of a phony billing scheme has been sentenced to 32 months in federal prison. On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Lance Africk also ordered Yelena Ivanova to pay the federal government almost $2.5 million in restitution. Prosecutors... more »
  • New Way to Help Stop Smoking

    January 2, 2013 7:42 PM

    This New Year's some people are resolving to give up smoking, but according to the American Lung Association it takes people on average six to eight times before they truly quit. Now there is a fairly new alternative to lighting up. "This is something I never thought I... more »
  • LSU Health System Hit Hard by Medicaid Cuts

    July 19, 2012 11:17 PM

    The LSU Health System has a number, but no plan, on how to strip $329 million from the hospital system. The cuts total $523 million for the state's health care system, handed down by Governor Bobby Jindal's administration last week. Of that, two-thirds falls on the LSU Healthcare System. ... more »
  • Baker school health service approved

    April 4, 2012 10:54 AM

    BAKER, La. (AP) - The Baker School Board has voted to employ Health Care First LLC to provide student health services within the school system. During Tuesday's 20-minute debate, board member Troy Watson expressed concern about how the health services would be paid for and how the company's billing practices... more »
  • No Tobacco at LSU Health Sciences Center

    March 4, 2012 3:11 PM

    Don't light up or take a chew of tobacco at the LSU Health Sciences Center. That's the word from LSU officials who say the center's New Orleans campus has adopted a zero-tolerance policy on the use of tobacco products inside the buildings or outside on the center's grounds. The policy... more »
  • UMC Making Cuts and Closures, Worries About Next Year

    February 6, 2012 10:12 PM

    As University Medical Center plans to make $4 million in cuts, by closing clinics and laying off possibly 80 employees, hospital officials worry what the next fiscal year could bring. Labor and Delivery will be closing its doors, along with Inpatient Pediatrics, Kidmed and the Detox unit. Others, like... more »
  • Woman Saves Man's Life After His Heart Stops

    February 6, 2012 12:04 AM

    Lafayette General honored a Lafayette woman with the Making a Difference award for going above and beyond, giving life saving CPR to a jogger who had collapsed. Monday, January 9th started as any other day for Gary Dodson. He went to work and then around 11:30 went home for lunch... more »
  • UMC Fares Better in Statewide Cuts, But Still Facing Closures

    February 3, 2012 9:52 PM

    The LSU Health System Board of Directors made drastic statewide cuts Friday afternoon. Thousands of patients will be affected and over six hundred jobs lost in LSU hospitals. While Lafayette's University Medical Center seemed to weather this storm better than other hospitals, there are still tough times ahead. "These... 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 »
  • 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 »
  • Sewage-Tainted Floodwaters Threaten Public Health

    September 9, 2011 9:32 AM

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Floodwaters from the remnants of storms Lee and Irene are nasty with sewage and other toxins and officials warn that public health in parts of the Northeast could be at risk from direct exposure or contaminated private water wells. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday a... more »
  • LSU Health Shreveport faces $12.8M shortfall

    August 16, 2011 10:48 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - There won't be any raises - again - at the LSU medical, hospital and research complex in Shreveport. LSU Health Shreveport says foregoing raises for a third year is among steps to deal with a $12.8 million budget shortfall. The Times reports that the complex also... more »
  • New Bill Will Remove Taxes on Breastfeeding Items

    June 21, 2011 5:52 AM

    Sharon and Patrick Dayton just welcomed their second child, Owen, on Father's Day. As cute as this little bundle of joy is, children are heavy on the pocket book. "It's expensive having a child, anywhere you can cut costs that's just more money for you and your family," said... more »
  • Shreveport Area in Alzheimer's Volunteer Program

    June 5, 2011 11:15 AM

    SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - The Shreveport-Bossier City area is among 12 communities across the United States piloting a volunteer program for people with early stage Alzheimer's disease. The Alzheimer's Association is testing the Community Connections program with the aim of helping early-stage Alzheimer's patients regain or maintain engagement in their... more »
  • 5-Year-Old Hospitalized with E. Coli

    June 5, 2011 11:04 AM

    MONROE, La. (AP) - A 5-year-old girl from Rayville has been hospitalized for more than two weeks, suffering from an E. coli bacterial infection. The girl was taken to the LSU Health Sciences Center-Shreveport's pediatric intensive care unit after she became sick while attending a party in Richland Parish. The... more »
  • You Gotta Move- Calorie Bank

    April 21, 2011 10:04 AM

    Throughout the You Gotta Move Goes Red program, we have focused on exercise and eating right. We haven't talked much about calories, but you may be at a point where you are thinking about "treating" yourself to something that doesn't fit into the "smart choices" category. Dawn Foreman designed this... more »
  • You Gotta Move- Your Stories!

    April 13, 2011 10:03 AM

    The finish line is in sight but You Gotta Move Goes Red is actually just the beginning of learning to live a healthy, more active lifestyle. I have enjoyed hearing from so many of you who have been participating in the program and shared your success stories as we prepare... more »
  • Chef adds dash of health in recipe for good living

    March 21, 2011 6:20 AM

    IOTA, La. (AP) - A doctor's office visit 11 years ago served as Molly Clayton's wake-up call. Then a personal chef living in Detroit, she went to see the doctor for flu-like symptoms. The doctor "started asking me about my family's health history," Clayton said. "I told him that three... more »
  • You Gotta Move-- Lessley's Story & A Get-together!

    March 3, 2011 9:52 AM

    BIG NEWS: There will be a networking social for You Gotta Move Goes Red participants on Friday, March 18th from 5:30 until 7 at Heart Hospital of Lafayette. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and find out how your fellow participants are doing. Dieticians, trainers and health... more »
  • Medicare Cuts, Less In-Home Care

    February 25, 2011 7:31 PM

    Almost 100 home healthcare administrators are now without a job. This, after Louisiana Healthcare Group, or "LHC" in Lafayette if forced to make cuts. And, cutbacks in Medicare are the reason. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services imposed a 5% reimbursement cut on all medicare home health services. The 80... more »
  • You Gotta Move-- And Then There Were 3!

    February 23, 2011 9:03 AM

    The "forbidden 5" is now down to 3! Remember, the forbidden five foods were those that people have a tendency to be sensitive to. As we add these foods back in, our coach Dawn Foreman says watch for an overall bloating, fatigue between meals and an increased craving for sugar.... more »
  • DHH: Now E-Health Network Building Can Start

    February 12, 2011 10:13 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - State health officials say the federal government has OK'd Louisiana's plan for a statewide electronic health record network. The Department of Health and Hospitals says Friday's approval means the state can now get millions of dollars to start building the network. The plan is meant... more »
  • Concerns on Health Care Cutbacks

    February 8, 2011 7:43 PM

  • LA Homeless Health to be Polled

    February 6, 2011 1:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state of Louisiana has been going into urban areas to first identify homeless people with serious health issues and then focus on finding housing for them. Randy Nichols, executive director of the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless, told The Advocate that although Georgia... more »
  • 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 »
  • You Gotta Move Goes Red!

    January 19, 2011 9:27 AM

    A healthy weight and a healthy heart go hand in hand, but getting to a healthy weight can be a challenge. KATC's Tracy Wirtz visited with trainer and dietician Dawn Foreman who has designed a 12-week program that is basically a blueprint for jump-starting your weight-loss efforts and helping you... more »
  • Healthy eating for the family

    January 3, 2011 9:41 AM

    LAFAYETTE - Healthy eating is important for the entire family. The good news is: Even a few small changes in your eating habits can make a big difference in how your family looks and feels. Some healthy tips for nutrition: * Eat more pasta, cereal, bean, and whole-grain... 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 »
  • Louisiana Ranks 49th in Overall Health

    December 9, 2010 2:15 PM

    Louisiana is the 49th most unhealthy state, according to a recent study released by the United Health Foundation. The state slipped two spots compared to last year's study. One of the main culprits is our high obesity rate. It rose five points since last year, from 28.9% to 33.9 %.... more »
  • Report: Louisiana's health ranking falls

    December 8, 2010 11:05 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A report from the United Health Foundation finds Louisiana's national health rankings dropped to 49th in the last year. The ranking puts Louisiana second to only Mississippi in having the worst health outcomes of any state in the nation. The report found Louisiana had strengths... 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 »
  • You Gotta Move Beats The Drum!

    November 24, 2010 10:13 AM

    When you are talking about heart health, your goal for moving should be 150 total minutes of moderate exercise per week. We've been introducing you to some interesting ways to move, and this week, KATC's Tracy Wirtz is moving to the beat. It's basically aerobics and incorporating the rhythm of... more »
  • Free health screenings today in Lafayette

    November 12, 2010 9:24 AM

    Remington College in Lafayette will provide health free screenings today. The free health fair is open to the public. The event begins at 10:00am and lasts until 4:00pm this afternoon.
  • You Gotta Move Tries Hoopercize

    November 10, 2010 10:17 AM

    Whether your goal is to get heart-healthy or to lighten your load, you gotta move! It's not often the words "exercise" and "fun" happen in the same sentence, but I found one workout where these two things happen in the same circle. It's called Hoopercize. It's aerobic exercise with an... more »
  • DHH: Database hacked, 56K identities compromised

    October 27, 2010 9:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A hacker broke into the state Department of Health and Hospitals' database for paramedics and other first responders last month. A letter from DHH dated Oct. 8, obtained Wednesday by WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge, says the incident happened Sept. 17. It also says although access... more »
  • DHH Announces Budget Cuts

    October 22, 2010 4:16 PM

    From DHH: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals Secretary Bruce D. Greenstein today announced mid-year reductions in department spending of state general funds, and proposed utilization of other means of financing, in order to save $20.8 million in fiscal year 2010-2011. DHH's savings are part of an overall mid-year reduction... more »
  • Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital - Top 100 Health-care places to work

    October 20, 2010 10:42 AM

    Lafayette Surgical Specialty Hospital is having a celebration today for a top award. The Modern Health-care Magazine named the Hospital as one of the top 100 "Best Places to Work in Health-care" "We are proud to be a part of this community and are honored that we have received... more »
  • Acadiana's 17th Annual Breast Health Symposium - This is a Free Event

    October 13, 2010 10:17 AM

    Acadiana's 17th annual Breast Health Symposium will be held today and admission is free. The mission of the event is to raise awareness of women's health and the importance of an annual breast exam. The symposium provides the latest information in breast health, humorous guest speaker Lille Shockney, fashion... more »
  • Performance Institute of Acadiana Health Fair

    October 13, 2010 9:02 AM

    Performance Institute of Acadiana Health Fair it will be at the The Mall of Acadiana on October 16th from 11am - 2pm. There will be many health institutes from around Acadiana there to promote health and wellness in our community. There will also be a station for flu shots as... more »
  • Lake Charles and Franklin Health Clinics Receive Grant Money

    October 12, 2010 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two Louisiana health clinics have been awarded nearly $9 million in federal grant money. The grants announced Monday award $4.1 million to the SWLA Center for Health Services in Lake Charles and $4.8 million to the Teche Action Clinic in Franklin. Landrieu says the funding awarded... more »
  • Director Stone says Douglas' health precarious

    October 12, 2010 10:25 AM

    BERLIN (AP) - Director Oliver Stone says he is worried about the health of actor Michael Douglas who is battling throat cancer in an advanced stage. Stone said Tuesday in Berlin that Douglas is in a "precarious" state of health. He said Douglas, who reprised his role as stock trader... more »
  • New Health Risk for Women on Hormone Pills

    October 11, 2010 5:19 PM

    CHICAGO (AP) - Women who use hormone pills after menopause may have a new health issue to worry about. An analysis of government research suggests that kidney stones should be added to the list. The research looked at 24,000 postmenopausal women who were taking either hormones or dummy pills. The... more »
  • The 17th Annual Acadiana Breast Health Symposium

    October 11, 2010 9:30 AM

    Institute for Breast Health will have their The 17th Annual Acadiana Breast Health Symposium at the Cajundome Conventon Center on October 13, 2010 from 5:00pm till 8:00pm. The symposium provides the latest information in breast health, humorous guest speaker Lille Shockney, fashion show modeled by local breast cancer survivors.... more »
  • Good Health Before, During and After Pregnancy

    October 6, 2010 10:15 AM

    LAFAYETTE, LA-Pregnancy is an exciting time of major change. From the very start, your baby-to-be alters your body and the way you live your daily life. The best way to approach pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the postpartum period is to be informed. If you are planning to become pregnant, see... more »
  • H1N1 vaccine now to come standard with flu shots

    September 29, 2010 7:10 PM

    Before you know it, flu season will be upon us but some Acadiana residents are upset over this year's vaccine. You may recall the controversy over over the H1N1 vaccine; many people felt the vaccine did not undergo extensive tests and it would do more harm than good. The Department... more »
  • DCFS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Receives $1.4 Million Bonus Award for Outstanding, Timely Customer Service

    September 24, 2010 12:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) has received a $1.4 million bonus award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for outstanding and timely customer service in providing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly known as Food Stamps. "DCFS is striving for... more »
  • Experts Craft Study of BP Oil Spill Health Effects

    September 22, 2010 11:45 AM

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Doctors, scientists and public health experts began sketching the outlines Wednesday of a large-scale study of the health effects of the BP oil spill on cleanup workers and the public, hoping to include thousands of people in a review funded by BP. The federal Department of... 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 »
  • Important Screening if High Risk for Stroke

    September 17, 2010 5:36 PM

    Prevention of stroke and other deadly diseases starts with early screenings. "High risk" for stroke is the scary reality for locals like 41-year-old Burley Pellerin of Lafayette. His father and brother died in their 40's from heart disease and he had high cholesterol, so doctors recommended he get the... more »
  • Health Agency Workers to be Furloughed

    September 17, 2010 10:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Officials say some 250 employees of a local state agency that treats mental health and addictive disorders will be furloughed for seven days without pay to avoid a $518,000 deficit. Capital Area Human Service District Executive Director Jan Kasofsky says, that the move is being... more »
  • Some states suing feds also claim health subsidies

    August 31, 2010 9:35 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - More than half a dozen states suing to overturn President Barack Obama's health care law are also claiming its subsidies for covering retired state government employees, accordinghans that the Westd Tuesday by the administration. About 2,000 employers have been approved for the extra help to cover early... more »
  • Some States Suing Feds also Claim Health Subsidies

    August 31, 2010 10:12 AM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Some states suing to toss out President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law are also lining up to claim a share of its subsidies for the medical costs of retired employees. An administration official says seven states suing the federal government applied for and will receive subsidies... more »
  • $30 Million Commitment to Health Clinics in Parishes Affected by Katrina

    August 26, 2010 3:55 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby and Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced today that the state has committed $30 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to ensure that a network of primary care and behavioral health clinics remain open in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes, upon approval from the... more »
  • Jindal Joins BP to Announce $15 Million for Mental Health Services

    August 16, 2010 3:57 PM

    GRAND ISLE - As part of Governor Bobby Jindal's Agenda to Revitalize Louisiana, he visited a coastal restoration project at Bay Joe Wise to highlight his long-term recovery plan for restoring Louisiana's coast. The Bay Joe Wise project is part of the larger Barataria Basin Barrier Shoreline Restoration Project (BBBS... more »
  • BP Provides $52 Million To Fund Behavioral Health Support

    August 16, 2010 12:42 PM

    HOUSTON - BP today announced that it is providing $52 million to federal and state health organizations to fund behavioral health support and outreach programs across the US Gulf Coast region. The funding will help residents link up with support that is available through providers in their communities, through a... more »
  • LSUHSC Assessing Oil Spill Mental Health Needs

    August 16, 2010 5:35 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans is assessing Louisiana residents' current and long-term mental health needs caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The medical school's department of psychiatry has a state grant to interview about 1,500 adults, some by phone and some in... 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 »
  • Mental Health Information Resource Line for Gulf Coast Residents

    July 28, 2010 5:00 PM

    Coalition Launches Toll-Free Mental Health Information Resource Line for Gulf Coast Residents Free phone line connects Louisianians to support, educational materials and resources The Our Home, Louisiana Coalition - founded by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana to improve the health and welfare of Louisianians affected by the crisis... more »
  • EPA: Moderate Health Concerns with Gulf Air

    July 9, 2010 7:16 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Environmental Protection Agency says the air in some places along the Louisiana coast poses a health risk to vulnerable people. The EPA says recent air sampling shows a moderate health risk in Venice and Grand Isle, two Louisiana towns about 50 miles from the Deepwater... more »
  • FEMA Trailer Auction

    July 8, 2010 6:23 PM

    One of the biggest health concerns after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita was high formaldehyde levels in FEMA trailers. But since then, the fear of becoming sick in the trailers has vanished with a good bargain. 300 FEMA trailers now fill the old Evangeline Downs Race Track in Carencro. Anxious... more »
  • 162 Health Complaints Believed To Be Linked To Oil

    June 28, 2010 6:36 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Health and Hospitals says 162 people - including 128 cleanup workers - have reported health complaints they believe were caused by exposure to oil spill pollutants since April 20. It says the most common symptoms are headache, nausea and throat irritation, and some... more »
  • LA Health Secretary Asking BP Pay $10 Million For Mental Health Services To State

    June 28, 2010 5:10 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's health secretary is again asking BP PLC for $10 million for mental health services to state residents affected by the oil spill. Health and Hospitals Secretary Alan Levine says counseling teams have talked to nearly 2,000 people in affected areas, and report increases in... more »
  • Obama to Announce Health Insurance Benefits

    June 21, 2010 8:47 PM

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • Health Insurance Ban For Abortions Scaled Back

    May 26, 2010 12:03 PM

    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 »
  • Daughters of Charity Open New Health Center

    May 21, 2010 9:41 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Daughters of Charity Services of New Orleans will dedicate its new state-of-the-art health center next week. The center, and another one the Daughters have opened, are the first new, permanent primary care facilities to open in the city since Hurricane Katrina. The new structure, built... more »
  • Stroke Survivor Says Act Fast

    May 12, 2010 12:59 PM

    One Acadiana woman is putting her life back together after suffering a stroke-the number one cause of serious disabilities in the U.S. Abbeville native Perchis Cartwright did not have high blood pressure or the risk factors, but she suffered a stroke in July last year. She says people... more »
  • Oil Spill May Endanger Human Health

    May 7, 2010 10:26 AM

    NEW ORLEANS- With a huge and unpredictable oil slick drifting in the Gulf of Mexico, state and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health if and when the full brunt of the toxic mess washes ashore. The list of potential threats runs from... more »
  • DHH & DQ: Protect Yourself From Chemical Exposure

    May 5, 2010 6:12 PM

    The Louisiana departments of Health and Hospitals and Environmental Quality are urging residents as well as oil spill response workers and volunteers to take the proper steps to protect their health from possible exposure to chemical, physical and biological hazards caused by the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.... 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 »
  • Penalty For Not Getting Health Insurance

    April 22, 2010 1:08 PM

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • New School Health Center to Open

    April 16, 2010 2:08 PM

    Poor attendance and many students going home sick-- and families without health insurance- create barriers to learning for Carencro Middle School. The solution, principal Matt Harman says, is an on-campus clinic: "If they're having illnesses...that translates to how they perform in the classroom; and we have a lot... more »
  • LHC Group Completes Acquisition of Salem Hospital Home Care

    April 5, 2010 8:38 AM

    One of the largest providers of home health services in the United States, announced that on April 1, 2010, it completed its previously announced acquisition of 100% of the assets of Salem Hospital Home Care located in Salem, Oregon. The primary service area of this... more »
  • LGMC To Close Mental Health Unit

    April 1, 2010 3:32 PM

    LGMC Press Release: Lafayette General Medical Center's inpatient census increased tremendously in 2009, creating both challenges, and opportunities for hospital growth. The increased patient volume has created a need for bed space for medical-surgical (med-surg) and intensive care unit (ICU) patients; the hospital is, on average, operating at over... 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 »
  • Healthcare Bill Reactions from Acadiana

    March 22, 2010 1:58 PM

    President Obama's healthcare bill is in its final steps, and it is sparking passionate reactions from people here in Acadiana. Some locals who been following the healthcare bill all along are furious: "It's not change-- it's chains. This healthcare bill is to support a socialist agenda to control... 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 »

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