The number of Louisiana residents who got health coverage through the federal insurance marketplace climbed to 198,511, about 12,000 more than last year’s total.
The final deadline for individuals to enroll in an Affordable Care Act, or “Obamcare,” plan is Jan. 31. Consumers who don’t have coverage face a penalty of $695, or 2 percent of their annual income.
As of Jan. 23, 81,849 consumers in the New Orleans area either selected a plan or were automatically enrolled in one. In the Baton Rouge market, the total was 42,225, and in Lafayette, 24,803.
The totals for the state’s other metro areas included 34,951 for Shreveport; 9,252 for Alexandria; 6,701 for Lake Charles; and 20,332 in the Monroe-El Dorado, Arkansas, market.