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News Minute: Here is the latest Louisiana news from The Associated Press

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana-based home healthcare company will pay $150 million to settle allegations that it submitted false bills to the federal Medicare program. Federal prosecutors say the settlement follows allegations that Amedisys, Inc. and its affiliates billed Medicare for nursing and therapy sessions provided to ineligible patients, among other matters.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A state Senate Health committee has rejected a bid to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program as allowed under the federal health care overhaul. The 6-2 vote Wednesday against expansion likely ends the Senate's debate on the issue for the session.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana lawmakers are considering a bill that would require doctors and hospitals to use life support to keep brain-dead pregnant women alive until they give birth, no matter a family's wishes. Backers of the proposal say it's intended to give an unborn child a chance at life though others say it sets a dangerous precedent.

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - After becoming the only LSU player other than Shaquille O'Neal to block 100 shots in a season, Jordan Mickey has decided to remain with the Tigers at least one more year. Mickey made his announcement alongside LSU coach Johnny Jones on Wednesday.

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