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Schedler, insurance program reach deal over records

Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:13
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has agreed to archive all the state employee health insurance program's records with the Secretary of State's office. The agreement comes after the administration refused for several months to follow the state's archiving requirements. Secretary of State Tom Schedler oversees the archiving of state records. The Office of Group Benefits hadn't been sending all of its records to Schedler's office.
Bobby Jindal 2016: 7 Key Political Positions of GOP Presidential Hopeful
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 05:14 Written by
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has made his mark on national politics as the first Indian American elected governor. His conservative views and accomplishments would make a 2016 presidential candidate to consider. Here are seven key political positions he has taken as governor and as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives: 1. “In the aftermath of September 11th, it is critical to secure our borders,” Jindal has said.
Health issues for detector dog into retirement
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 05:09
Hip dysplasia, among other age-related plagues that adversely affect a number of canine breeds, is just one of several health issues that is forcing state Fire Marshal detector dog "Buddy" into retirement. This comes in the wake of the retirement of another detector canine just weeks ago. A 110-pound black labrador retriever, "Buddy" is the longest serving detector dog in the history of the state Fire Marshal's Office and very possibly the longest serving K9…
Aetna rate hike excessive, California insurance commissioner says
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 03:58
Health insurance giant Aetna Inc. is imposing excessive rate hikes on more than 5,000 small employers, according to California's insurance commissioner. Commissioner Dave Jones lashed out Thursday at the third-largest U.S. health insurer for raising premiums as much as 20% on some small businesses starting Jan. 1. The average increase of 10.7% will cost small employers and their workers $23.5 million in excessive premiums, according to the state.
Even with coverage expansion, access to mental health services poses challenges
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 00:01
Even though more Americans have access to health insurance because of the health law, getting access to mental health services can still be challenging. A new report concludes that despite the 2008 mental health parity law, some state exchange health plans may still have a way to go to even the playing field between mental and physical benefits. The report, released by the advocacy group Mental Health America, was paid for by Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A.
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…
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
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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