148 in state have chosen health plan

Associated Press

JACKSON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says 148 Mississippi residents have selected coverage during the first month of operation for the federal health insurance market.

A report released Wednesday showed that 4,339 applications had been completed covering 8,204 Mississippians between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2. Those applications were submitted electronically through healthcare.gov, the federal website beset by problems, and by paper.

Nearly 1,000 people were found to be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

Coverage is scheduled to begin Jan. 1 as part of the health overhaul President Barack Obama signed into law.

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney estimates that fewer than 500 people in Mississippi have been notified they’re losing existing health insurance coverage because the plans fail to offer all the benefits required by federal law.