Health insurance marketplace set to open in Mississippi

Some Mississippians will able to sign up for 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 is mostly on the sidelines in the effort. 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. Others might hear about the marketplace at church, a doctor’s office or even the state fair. Supporters hope the first people to sign up will be enthusiastic and tell their friends, boosting a modest marketing budget through word of mouth.

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