Medicare en Medicare Pulls Back The Curtain On How Much It Pays Doctors Medicare's release Wednesday of records of millions of payments made to the nation's doctors comes as the government is looking to find more cost-efficient ways to pay physicians, particularly specialists.<p>The federal government published data tracing the $77 billion that Medicare paid to physicians, drug-testing companies and other medical practitioners throughout 2012, and the services they were being reimbursed for.<p>The data cover 888,000 different practitioners. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 editor 24965 at Medicare Pulls Back The Curtain On How Much It Pays Doctors FRIDAY: Planned Parenthood's Raegan Carter; AHIP's Clare Krusing; Sam Irwin; Darlene Rowland <p>Raegan Carter of Planned Parenthood talks with Jim about House Bill 388 written by Katrina Jackson, which Carter says could shut down three of the five abortion clinics in the state.</p><p>Deputy Press Secretary for America's Health Insurance, Plans Clare Krusing, joins us from Washington to discuss the Medicare program's budget cuts to the states, and what it means for senior citizens.</p><p>Sam Irwin joins Jim in the studio to discuss his new book <em>Louisiana Crawfish: A Succulent History of the Cajun Crustacean</em>, and Darlene Row<span style="line-height: 1.5;">land with the Red Stick Farmer's Market drops by the studio to talk about new things you can expect from the Red Stick Farmers Market in the near the future.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 17:54:12 +0000 Jim Engster 24084 at More Technical Issues For Obamacare, But Good News For Medicare Monday was yet another troubled day for the Affordable Care Act.<p>Sunday night, the outside vendor that operates two key parts of the website that lets people browse and sign up for health insurance experienced a failure.<p>The failure took place at a vendor called <a href="">Verizon Terremark</a> and presumably affected other clients as well as <a href=""></a>, the federal website that people use to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act.<p>By 7 a.m., federal officials say, the data hub at that cert Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 18054 at More Technical Issues For Obamacare, But Good News For Medicare So What's The Real Deadline For Obamacare Sign-Up? The health exchanges are now open, though some have a lot of glitches. You still have lots of questions about how the Affordable Care Act affects you and your family.<p>And we have answers. In our ongoing series, we're addressing questions you've asked about the sign-up process.<p><strong>With people having so much trouble logging onto the websites to get coverage, some are wondering how soon they have to sign up for coverage to avoid the potential penalties. </strong><p>Don't worry, there's still plenty of time. There are really just two important dates to keep in mind. The first is Dec. 15. Mon, 14 Oct 2013 07:22:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 17424 at So What's The Real Deadline For Obamacare Sign-Up? Messy Rollout Of Health Law Echoes Medicare Drug Expansion It hasn't been a good week for the Affordable Care Act. After announcements by the administration of <a href="">several delays of key portions of the law</a>, Republicans returned to Capitol Hill and began piling on.<p>"This law is literally just unraveling before our eyes," said Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., at a <a href="">hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee</a>. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 07:16:00 +0000 Julie Rovner 13230 at Messy Rollout Of Health Law Echoes Medicare Drug Expansion THURSDAY: Insurance Expert Robert Zirkelbach, Filmmakers Tom Anton & Sandi Russell. LSU's Kevin Cope <p>Jim talks with Robert Zirkelbach, VP of America's Health Insurance Plans, about budget challenges facing Medicare.</p><p>Filmmakers Tom Anton and&nbsp; Sandi Russell, discuss their new film "The Pardon",&nbsp; the true story of the last woman to be executed in Louisiana, back&nbsp; in the 1942.</p><p>LSU Faculty Senate President Kevin Cope, who's at odds with the LSU&nbsp; Board of Supervisors over the secrecy in choosing a new university president.</p><p>Also, LSU horticulturist Carl Motsenbocker talks with Jim about the 3rd Annual Dinner In The Field &amp; Farm Tour, and the virtues of eating "slow foods".</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 17:35:05 +0000 Jim Engster 7791 at