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Exploring Louisiana's Insurance Exchange (2013)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-11-27

Duration: 00:58:08

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Health Care | HEALTH INSURANCE | United States. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Scott, Robert Travis Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Smith, Michael Interviewee
  • Wilkinson, Doug Interviewee
  • Bertaut, Michael Interviewee
  • Amar, Renee Interviewee
  • Gregory, Don Interviewee
  • Echols, Michael Speaker
  • Overton, John Speaker
  • Pickett, Timothy Speaker
  • Limbaugh, Michelle Speaker
  • Harmon, Maria Speaker
  • Thomhave, Kalena Speaker
  • Isch, Matt Speaker
  • Irvine, Betsy Speaker
  • Gissel, Darryl Speaker
  • Holliday, David Speaker
  • Landry, Heather Speaker
  • Kucharchuk, Kayla Speaker
  • Painter, Kia Speaker
  • Burton, Brian Panelist
  • Perkowski, Paul Panelist
  • Keller, Brian Panelist
  • Barnes, Stephen Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from November 27, 2013, features Robert Travis Scott leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the state’s health insurance marketplace established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare). A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It includes interviews with: Michael Smith, insurance marketplace shopper; Doug Wilkinson of the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition; Michael Bertaut of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; Renee Amar of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI); and Don Gregory of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR). The audience members then discuss their experiences with the website and the impact of Obamacare on their current health plans. A panel of experts then joins the audience members to answer their questions. The panelists are: Brian Burton, the director of Navigators for a Healthy Louisiana; Dr. Paul Perkowski, a member of the board of directors for the Capital Area Medical Society; Brian Keller, the chief marketing officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana; and Dr. Stephen Barnes, a healthcare economist at LSU. They discuss: community outreach efforts; the eligibility for people with pre-existing conditions; the impact of the new insurance exchange on physicians; the increase in health insurance competition in Louisiana; the economic impact if uninsured people decide not to purchase a health insurance plan; the individual mandate penalty; the misconceptions about Obamacare; Governor Bobby Jindal’s decision not to accept Medicaid expansion; and the impact of the new insurance marketplace on healthcare quality. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Robert Travis Scott