New Health Insurance Registration Set to Begin

Jackson, Miss. Beginning Tuesday, some Mississippians can sign up for new health insurance policies on the state's federally-run health insurance marketplace.

With Gov. Phil Bryant opposed to the federal health care overhaul, state government isn't leading the effort to promote coverage. That's left a coalition of health advocates, churches and others to push the new law.

Already, some Mississippians have received letters inviting them to sign up. Supporters hope the first people to sign up will be enthusiastic and tell friends.

Insurance coverage will start Jan. 1 for those who sign up by Dec. 15. This initial enrollment period will continue through March 31.

A study estimates as many as 275,000 Mississippians could gain insurance through the online marketplace, with 230,000 getting federal tax credits to help pay for it.