By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Employees at the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program are working by phone and in person to help state residents apply for coverage through a federally run health insurance website.
Jarvis Dortch, who's program manager and staff attorney for the nonprofit group, says Monday that federal figures show roughly 32,000 Mississippi residents had enrolled in coverage through mid-March. That's up from the 25,554 who had enrolled by the end of February, but still thousands short of original expectations.
Monday was the deadline for people to enroll in private coverage mandated by the federal health overhaul law signed by President Barack Obama. But the federal government says it will accept paper applications through April 7 and will take as much time as needed to process applications that were started on the HealthCare.gov website.