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Insurance Enrollment in Louisiana Climbs to 17,500

The number of people signing up for insurance through the federal government continues to climb.
West Monroe -- The number of people signing up for insurance through the federal government continues to climb.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released updated enrollment figures on Monday and said more than 17,500 people have signed up for insurance.

Enrollment opened Oct. 1 and continues until March 31. More than 2 million Americans had enrolled through the end of December, according to the HHS data.

Two companies are offering insurance plans on the marketplace in every parish across Louisiana: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana and the Louisiana Health Cooperative. Vantage Health Plan is offering coverage for most parishes.

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says over 90,000 Louisiana residents could lose their insurance coverage due to the Affordable Care Act. 

Sen. Mary Landrieu has proposed legislation that would reinstate policies canceled because they did not meet the federal health care law's minimum requirements.
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