800,000 residents who don't have insurance can begin shopping
The roughly 800,000 Louisiana residents who don't have health insurance can begin shopping for coverage Tuesday through a health exchange run by the federal government under President Obama's health care law, the Affordable Care Act.
State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says subsidies or tax credits to help pay for the coverage will be available to qualified residents who purchase their health insurance through the exchange.
Donelon says the exchange is open to all consumers of health insurance.
Donelon advises the uninsured to contact an agent.
"The most professional and expert would be an agent, sometimes called producer, who's been in the business and knows the ins and outs of the health insurance world," Donelon said.
Those who have insurance should contact their agent first, and with their agent's help, can begin the process of determining whether they need to do anything.
"If you're happy with your insurance that you have in place, then you may be good to go," Donelon said.
You can also go to the state Department of Insurance website for information on the health insurance marketplace: www.ldi.la.gov or call 1-800-259-5300.