Volume 9, Issue 5 May 2018


Our monthly newsletter addresses consumer insurance topics as well as timely information on issues affecting senior citizens in Louisiana.


To find out if Consumer Advocacy will be in your area or to request a speaker for your organization or group, call (225) 219-0619 or send an email to: consumeradvocacy@ldi.la.gov

Upcoming Events

LDI On the Road: St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office Annual Ageless Senior Expo

Date: June 7, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Location: Cade Community Center
1688 Smede Highway, St. Martinville, LA 

LDI On the Road: Senior's Health, Wellness, and Information Day

Date: June 14, 2018
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Location: Livingston Parish Council on Aging
949 Government Street, Denham Springs, LA


View Louisiana's Open Meetings Law on the legislative website by clicking here.


Insurance Tips: Travel

As the weather gets warmer and travel season heats up, it’s time to review your insurance coverage. Before any trip, gather your insurance paperwork to understand what’s covered and what’s not. Here are some tips.

Auto Insurance. Check that you have your insurance ID and registration in the vehicle at all times.  Include the name and phone number of the insurance company or agent.

Health Insurance.  Keep your health insurance ID card, a list of your drug allergies, a list of drugs you are currently taking and information about any of your other medical conditions with you at all times.

Travel Insurance. A policy can be purchased if you are concerned about accidents or losses during a trip.

If you have questions or are confused about your insurance coverage, contact your insurance company or agent.

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New Parents, New Insurance Needs

There are steps new parents can take to protect their growing family. New parents are encouraged to assess their needs and review coverage options.

  • Before the baby arrives, find out exactly how your health care plan handles the costs of a new baby.
  • Make sure you are aware of the deadline and requirements to register your newborn with your health insurance company.
  • Check rates before upgrading vehicles. Auto insurance premiums are linked to vehicle age and type.
  • Notify your insurer of major additions by contacting your insurance company when making any major home improvements to prevent being underinsured.

The Louisiana Department of Insurance’s Shop Your Rates tool can help you compare automobile and homeowners insurance rates among companies.

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Did You Know?

Our Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) staff wants to help you stay informed about the new Medicare cards. Medicare.gov has a feature that allows you to check the status of your new card and sign up for an alert when it is in the mail. If you need assistance, contact our SHIIP staff at 1-800-259-5300. Also, remember to join us monthly for our Facebook Live series, Leave It to Vicki.

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A Quick Thank You

Our Division of Diversity and Opportunity would like to thank the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and those who attended the Business Building Blocks Workshop. Keep up with the Division’s activities by clicking here.


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Office of Consumer Advocacy
(225) 219-0619 or (800) 259-5300

P.O Box 94214

Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9214