City dept. working to boost ACA enrollment

The New Orleans Health Department is seeking to help people enroll in low-cost health insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace.

Along with other local health care agencies, the city is working to share information and facilitate enrollment during the open enrollment period that ends Feb. 15.

Marketplace enrollment specialists will be available during office hours on the following Tuesdays and Thursdays to help members of the public apply for or enroll in a health care plan:

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday and Feb. 3 at the Propeller, 4035 Washington Ave., Suite 105.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 and Feb. 12 at the Health Department office in City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., Suite 8E18.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

The Health Department and 504HealthNet, the regional coalition of primary care providers, will host enrollment events to educate and assist members of the public on these days:

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Rosa Keller Library, 4300 S. Broad St.

10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the New Orleans East Library, 5641 Read Blvd.

To date, more than 14,000 New Orleans residents have enrolled in affordable coverage through the Affordable Care Act Marketplace, with many consumers eligible for financial assistance. In Louisiana, 87 percent of enrollees have received subsidies to lower the cost of insurance.

Nationally, nearly six in 10 uninsured Americans are eligible to receive health insurance for $100 per month or less through the Marketplace.

Learn more by visiting or calling the Health Department at 311.

Veterans invited to town hall event Thursday

The Department of Veterans Affairs will hold a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Vista Community Center, 6500 Spanish Fort Blvd., New Orleans.

The event will be a joint town hall with the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System and Veterans Benefits Administration.

“This meeting will give local veterans, their families and others an opportunity to meet with local VA leaders, learn about VA benefits and health care and, most importantly, give us feedback,” said Fernando Rivera, newly appointed Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System director.

Input from veterans service organizations, nongovernmental organizations and other community groups is welcome.

“We received valuable feedback from veterans at our last town hall, and we are looking forward to this next opportunity to hear from those we serve,” said Mark Bologna, director of the VA New Orleans Regional Office.

Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame to honor six

Tickets are on sale for the annual Loyola University New Orleans Wolf Pack Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Danna Student Center, preceded by a reception at 5:45 p.m.

The 2015 Hall of Fame class will include DoBee Plaisance (women’s basketball), Luke Zumo ’08 (men’s basketball), Greg Castillo (volleyball), Matt Cagigal ’07 (cross country) and James “Argo” Meza ’70 (baseball).

Wing Fok will be honored with the St. Sebastian Award for his outstanding efforts on behalf of Loyola athletes off the field of play. WGNO-TV Sports Director Ed Daniels will host the induction ceremony.

Attendees are invited to come out to watch the men’s and women’s basketball teams take on Southern States Athletic Conference opponent University of Mobile. The women are set to tip off at 2 p.m., followed by the men’s game at 4 p.m. The six inductees will be introduced during halftime of the men’s game.

Each of the inductees will be featured on during the week leading up to the banquet.

Tickets are $30 per person, and the event is open to the public. To register visit

For more information, contact the Loyola University Alumni Association at (504) 861-5454 or