U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy talked to north shore residents for the first time since his election during an April 7 luncheon hosted by the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce, a news release said.

Cassidy updated more than 160 guests on the efforts in Washington, D.C., covering topics including the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, the federal health care law, mental health and homelessness.

Cassidy pointed out that big things are going on with the health care law as the Supreme Court prepares to make a decision in King v. Birdwell early this summer. The court could find that the law has been incorrectly implemented, he said, which would leave many Louisiana residents unable to afford insurance.

“As many as 119,000 people may not be able to afford insurance if the Supreme Court finds against the federal government,” Cassidy said, noting there is a backup plan being formulated should the court decide against the administration.

The luncheon was held in the Grand Ballroom of the Southeastern Louisiana University Student Union and was sponsored by the Seale and Ross law firm.

“We were very honored that Sen. Cassidy was able to come and update us on the state of Washington, D.C.,” chamber President and CEO Chris Brannon said. “We look forward to seeing how he will utilize his time in the Senate over the next six years.”

The next chamber general meeting will be April 30, and Louisiana’s university system presidents will talk about budget cuts.