Affordable Care Act

It’s that time of year — the open enrollment period for health plans.

In the second year of insurance exchanges established by the Affordable Care Act, premiums in Louisiana, as elsewhere, will be higher on average.

“And there are some understandable reasons for that," said Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon. The No. 1 reason is that insurers can no longer turn away people with pre-existing conditions. "They have to take all comers."


A federal appeals court in New Orleans has scheduled arguments for December on a challenge to President Barack Obama's health care act.

In this case, opponents of the act say it is unconstitutional because it imposes a tax — and all tax bills must originate in the House. They contend that the Affordable Care Act originated in the Senate.

A federal judge in Texas rejected the suit in January, ruling that raising revenue was not the overarching purpose of the bill.

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More than 55,000 Louisiana residents enrolled for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in the last six weeks of the enrollment process. That brings the total to almost 102,000, the Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday.

Federal officials had set a goal of 94,000 enrollees for Louisiana.

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Increased last-hour interest and problems with the healthcare.gov website slowed the process of signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act in Louisiana.

Website problems led staffers at the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation to start using the telephone to sign up applicants. That organization serves the Vietnamese community in New Orleans East.

That was also time-consuming, with calls lasting up to two hours.

The window is fast closing on the open enrollment period to buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The deadline to purchase insurance through the federal Healthcare Marketplace is Monday, March 31.

WWNO's Diane Mack spoke with Doug Wilkinson, state coordinator with the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, LHEC, about the approaching deadline.

Federal site to sign up and purchase healthcare coverage — www.healthcare.gov

With only four days left before the March 31 enrollment deadline, the White House is kicking into high gear trying to round up more Affordable Care Act enrollees – and Louisiana got special attention Thursday.

Why? Enrollment in the federal healthcare exchange there has lagged behind other states and, perhaps as important, citizens are getting bombarded with anti-ACA ads as Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu gears up for a tight race in November.

If you are among the thousands of uninsured residents in the metro area, here's a heads up: the deadline to sign up for health insurance and receive coverage this year under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching.

Susan Todd, executive director of 504HealthNet, which provides support to a network of healthcare providers in the greater New Orleans area, has tips on how to navigate the Health Insurance Marketplace and info on why you should sign up sooner rather than later.

Enrollment in health insurance plans through the federal marketplace has swelled, with more than 17,500 people in Louisiana signed up for coverage by December.

Federal health officials released updated enrollment figures Monday, along with details of who is getting the government-subsidized private insurance created under President Barack Obama's health revamp.

In Louisiana, more women have signed up than men, and one-third of those getting insurance are in the older, costlier age ranges of 55 to 64 years old.

Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act

Dec 18, 2013

NPR’s guide to the dozens of common questions about the new health care law known as Obamacare. Did we miss something? Send us your questions, and read our latest news stories on the issue.

Mallory Falk

Monday marks the first deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Throughout the country, health care navigators are helping people with the enrollment process. In New Orleans, they're working hard to reach as many people as possible, spending time outside shopping malls, corner stores... even the airport.

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