Three companies are now selling health insurance in Mississippi through a federal website created under the health overhaul that President Barack Obama signed into law.

That’s up from two in the state last year.

A three-month annual enrollment period started Saturday for consumers seeking coverage through the online marketplace, or health exchange. It’s an option for those who don’t have health insurance that comes with a job, or who don’t receive Medicare or Medicaid coverage.

People shopping on the federal website,, can choose from more than one company in 77 of Mississippi’s 82 counties, according to the state Department of Insurance.

About 61,500 Mississippi residents bought coverage on the federal website during the first open-enrollment period a year ago. That was about 21 percent of the potential market.

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