Louisiana residents learn about healthcare insurance exchange - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Louisiana residents learn about healthcare insurance exchange

(Source: MGN Online) (Source: MGN Online)
CALCASIEU PARISH, LA (KPLC) -

The State of Louisiana has one of the highest numbers of uninsured persons in the nation. And with the health insurance exchange rolling out Oct. 1, Calcasieu Parish Democrats hosted a free seminar Thursday night to explain how the marketplace works.

While there are varying opinions on the Affordable Care Act, Thursday night's meeting aimed to simply provide facts.

"We're providing a forum, for knowledge, for questioning, across party lines or non-partisan," explained Calcasieu Democratic Caucus member Carolyn Woosley.

Thursday's speaker, Carol Giles, said one of the biggest challenges for people looking at the health insurance exchange is getting information.

"They don't really know where to start, they don't know what to expect, they don't know whether it applies to them, even," said Giles, who serves as the SWLA AIDS Council Client Services Director.

Open enrollment for the exchange is designed to give uninsured or under insured persons a place to shop for health insurance.

"None of the insurance that people sign up for during October, November and December will go into effect until January 1," said Giles.

She continued, "People can continue to enroll in the health insurance marketplace and in health insurance after January 1 as well."

Giles thinks people in Louisiana will be slow to enroll in the marketplace, but will eventually catch on.

Right now, Louisiana has one of the highest number of uninsured persons in the nation. Louisiana also doesn't have a state-based exchange.

"We opted for a federal partnership exchange, which means all of the rules for it are being passed down from the federal government," said Giles.

Although it was only an hour-long seminar, those who attended say they learned a lot.

"I thought this was a wonderfully informative program, and I'm glad we got to come," said Joyce Pace.

The Calcasieu Parish Democrats host a monthly series entitled ‘In Search of Dialogue.' Thursday's topic will again be addressed in October.

For more information on the monthly series: http://caldpec.org/

For more information on the healthcare insurance exchange: https://www.healthcare.gov/.

Copyright 2013 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Power restored to Jeff Davis Parish residents

    Power restored to Jeff Davis Parish residents

    Thursday, March 30 2017 8:08 PM EDT2017-03-31 00:08:45 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    Jeff Davis Electric Co-op spokesperson Mike Heinen said several poles are down and broken due to the strong storms that passed overnight. 

    More >>

    Jeff Davis Electric Co-op spokesperson Mike Heinen said several poles are down and broken due to the strong storms that passed overnight. 

    More >>
  • Widening West Prien Lake Road, one step closer to reality

    Widening West Prien Lake Road, one step closer to reality

    Thursday, March 30 2017 8:03 PM EDT2017-03-31 00:03:46 GMT
    A $17 million co-op agreement between the City of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish could be in the works, depending on Thursday night's decision by the Calcasieu parish Police Jury's Public Works committee.  That agreement was already adopted by one of those parties. Earlier this month the city agreed to the shared cost project – which seeks to widen West Prien Lake Road from Cove Lane south to Sale Road.  Since the Cove Lane Interchange opened in June of 2015, city...More >>
    A $17 million co-op agreement between the City of Lake Charles and Calcasieu Parish could be in the works, depending on Thursday night's decision by the Calcasieu parish Police Jury's Public Works committee.  That agreement was already adopted by one of those parties. Earlier this month the city agreed to the shared cost project – which seeks to widen West Prien Lake Road from Cove Lane south to Sale Road.  Since the Cove Lane Interchange opened in June of 2015, city...More >>
  • Ethics charges filed against former LCPD employees Bell, Blaney and Bellow

    Ethics charges filed against former LCPD employees Bell, Blaney and Bellow

    Thursday, March 30 2017 7:51 PM EDT2017-03-30 23:51:40 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)

    The Louisiana ethics board has filed charges against three former employees of the lake Charles police department... the board charges former deputy chief t-j bell with receiving McNeese course credit  for work done by another employee and having that employee on the payroll when she was not doing what she was being paid for.    that employee was clerk Jeanine Blaney, also charged by the board with  receiving regular and overtime pay for hours in which she provid...

    More >>

    The Louisiana ethics board has filed charges against three former employees of the lake Charles police department... the board charges former deputy chief t-j bell with receiving McNeese course credit  for work done by another employee and having that employee on the payroll when she was not doing what she was being paid for.    that employee was clerk Jeanine Blaney, also charged by the board with  receiving regular and overtime pay for hours in which she provid...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly