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Small fire in storage closet at Louisiana Heart Hospital causes minimal damage

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 10:04
A small fire in a storage closet in one of the catheterization labs at the Louisiana Heart Hospital Wednesday (Dec. 17) morning caused minimal damage to a wall and some supplies, St. Tammany Parish Fire District No. 3 Chief Patrick Sicard said. The fire produced a lot of smoke on the ground floor of the cath lab, he said. Firefighters evacuated that area of the hospital and started a ventilation process to remove the smoke…
UPDATE: Head-On Crash Kills North Carolina Passenger in West Carroll Parish
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:44
Affordable Care Act benefits available locally
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 06:01
People without health insurance typically fall into one of two categories: those who would like coverage but believe they cannot afford it, and those who think they do not need it. Beginning in 2015, the government will assess financial penalties for people without health insurance, so now is the time to sign up. Open Enrollment through Covered California (also known as the Affordable Care Act) began Nov.
Report cites dip in health insurance costs for small businesses
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 05:03
Health insurance costs for small businesses in the La Crosse metro area are projected to drop an average of 6.2 percent between 2014 and 2015, according to a new report from Citizen Action of Wisconsin. That compares with a 1.9 percent dip statewide, according to the report, which Citizen Action released Wednesday at its headquarters in Milwaukee. Based on a composite of the three lowest-cost, high-deductible gold and silver plans available in the federal insurance…
Private Insurers Net 9.3 Million From ACA's Medicaid Expansion
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 03:56
New customers from the expansion of Medicaid benefits for poor Americans under the Affordable Care Act helped private managed care plans increase enrollment by 9.3 million people, according to a new report. Managed-care plans are taking on a greater role even in states that didn’t go along with the Medicaid expansion. The Supreme Court two years ago gave states the opportunity to opt out of expanding their Medicaid programs and about half have done so.
Guest column: Health insurance premiums poised to spike in 2017
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 02:06
Louisianans have been knee-deep in the Affordable Care Act’s second open enrollment period, which began on Nov. 15 and closed Monday. Many are finding what appears to be a pleasant surprise: Average premiums for the cheap “bronze” plans have increased by 3.9 percent, while premiums for the middle-of-the-road “silver” plans are rising by 4.1 percent. The Affordable Care Act’s naysayers predicted “double digit” spikes, or worse.
New Obamacare enrollments in California top 144,000
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:40
California's health insurance exchange said 144,178 people have newly enrolled in Obamacare coverage during the first month of sign ups.lRelated BusinessHealth database Cal Index must address privacy, consumer group saysSee all related 8
Robert Kraig and Kevin Kane: Conservative crusade against health reform a threat to life and liberty
Tuesday, 16 December 2014 00:11
In a strange twist in American political history, the modern conservative movement has redefined itself since 2010 as the folks who will stop at nothing to wipe health care reform off the face of the earth, no matter what the consequences. Now that conservatives have seized control of Congress, the media is full of pundits and politicians airing their various plots to sabotage the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare).
Report: No explanation for high cost of health insurance for La Crosse residents
Monday, 15 December 2014 22:58
La Crosse residents, who buy private health insurance, pay the second highest rates in the state. That's according to the 9th annual health cost report by Citizen Action of Wisconsin. According to the report, La Crosse rates for single coverage are 41% higher than Madison's, which has the lowest rate. That adds up to a difference of $1,677 each year, per person.
Obamacare Open Enrollment Deadline: Nearly 2.5 Million Plans Selected in Four Weeks; Spanish Call Center Usage Increases
Monday, 15 December 2014 22:37 Written by
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced approximately 2.5 million health insurance plans were selected since the start of the second open enrollment period, while calls from Spanish-speaking prospective enrollees are up by nearly 30 percent. Healthcare.gov and the state-based health insurance marketplace exchanges started their second open enrollment periods on Nov. 15. Data provided by the HHS only detailed figures for the federal-based Healthcare.gov and the 2,466,562 plans selected during the…
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