Affordable Care Act

WRKF
3:50 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Premiums Go Up, So Might Enrollment

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 7:45 am

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."


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Latest News
7:49 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Appeals Court Sets Hearing On Affordable Care Act

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.

Latest News
6:04 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollments Surge In The Final Six Weeks

Louisiana's enrollments in the Affordable Care Act surged by 55,000 in the final six weeks of enrollment.
Chris Potter Flickr

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.

Affordable Care Act
5:57 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Last-Minute Surge Of Signups For Affordable Care Act In Louisiana

Louisiana health advocates reported a surge in interest in signing up for the Affordable Care Act before the deadline.
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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.

Louisiana News
3:03 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Affordable Care Act's Open Enrollment Deadline Is March 31

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Deadline Looms

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

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Politics
5:10 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

As Obamacare Deadline Nears, Louisiana Gets Special Attention

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at an Oct. 2013 news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Landrieu's support for the Affordable Care Act is center stage in her campaign for a fourth Senate term.
Evan Vucci AP

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.

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Affordable Care Act
4:24 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Tips On Navigating The Health Insurance Marketplace

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.

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Affordable Care Act
3:22 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Louisiana Health Insurance Enrollment Through Federal Marketplace Grows To 17,500

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.

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Affordable Care Act
5:28 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Your Questions About The Affordable Care Act

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.

Science & Health
7:00 am
Wed December 18, 2013

As Health Care Deadline Draws Near, Navigators Get Creative

Cam Nguyen and Sean Murray prepare to talk to cab drivers about the Affordable Care Act.
Credit 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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