- Associated Press - Thursday, January 23, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s new health insurance marketplace says it will accept late enrollments for coverage beginning next month.

Thursday is the official deadline to enroll and pay for the first month’s premium for plans offered by HealthSource RI with coverage beginning Feb 1. But late enrollments and payments will be accepted through Jan. 29.

A HealthSource RI spokeswoman said call volume is high ahead of the deadline and that telephone wait times are long for some.

HealthSource RI enrolled 11,770 individuals in private plans between Oct. 1, when the marketplace opened, and Jan. 4. A federal target enrollment of 12,000 was set through the end of the first open enrollment period on March 31.

One-third of individual enrollees through Jan. 4 were 55 and older; 23 percent were 18 to 34.

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