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More than half of eligible residents sign up on health exchange

health-insurance_rgbACROSS MISSISSIPPI — New figures show 61,494 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a federal government website, out of more than 117,000 who were eligible.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services yesterday released enrollees in each state between Oct. 1 and March 31.

Ninety-four percent of Mississippians who bought coverage on the healthcare.gov website qualified for government subsidies to pay for coverage, the highest share of any state. The mid-tier silver plan was selected by 79 percent of Mississippi enrollees, also the top share among states.

The figures show 31 percent of Mississippi enrollees are between 18 and 34. Also, 59 percent are women and 41 percent are men.

The online marketplaces, called health exchanges, were created by the health overhaul signed by President Barack Obama.

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2 comments

  1. Why would they do that when they know the entire government of MS is against Obamacare? I wonder if Bryant at al. will come up with some way to punish them.

  2. This just goes to show that while state political leaders and those who cry for more fiscal responsibility (which in real terms means cutting back on any assistance to the poor) are representing the voice of the people in national media as being against Obama Care, the people, including some that cry out against it in public, are taking advantage of a much needed service that is supported by tax dollars!

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