- Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Only three days remain for Mississippi consumers to buy private health insurance for coverage starting Jan. 1 on the federal marketplace.

Tuesday is an important enrollment deadline under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Consumers seeking coverage beginning with the new year must choose a health plan by then.

Enrollment runs through the Jan. 31. Signing up after Tuesday means coverage starts in February.

As of Dec. 5, more than 23,000 Mississippians have selected a marketplace health plan from one of three insurers active in the state.

The Department of Health and Human Services says 82 percent of Mississippi enrollees can find a plan for $75 or less per month after tax credits. The department also says people with current plans will likely save by shopping for cheaper coverage.

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