JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Tuesday was the first day for people to buy insurance through online marketplaces created because of the federal health overhaul.
Mississippi's exchange is run by the federal government.
Among the residents planning to shop for coverage are 46-year-old Shawn Watson of Pass Christian and 40-year-old Sharonda Noel of Greenwood. They have full-time jobs that don't provide health insurance.
Watson, an administrative assistant at a funeral home, says she's in good health but she wants insurance as she gets older.
Noel, a daycare worker, has several chronic conditions, including lupus and high blood pressure.
Many people will qualify for subsidies to decrease out-of-pocket expenses through the health exchange.
Opponents of the health overhaul say the federal government is grabbing too large a role in the health care system.