JACKSON, Mississippi (AP) — New figures show 61,494 Mississippi residents have signed up for private health insurance using a federal government website, out of more than 117,000 who were eligible.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday released enrollees in each state between Oct. 1 and March 31.
Ninety-four percent of Mississippians who bought coverage on the healthcare.gov website qualified for government subsidies to pay for coverage, the highest share of any state. The mid-tier silver plan was selected by 79 percent of Mississippi enrollees, also the top share among states.
The figures show 31 percent of Mississippi enrollees are between 18 and 34. Also, 59 percent are women and 41 percent are men.
The online marketplaces, called health exchanges, were created by the health overhaul signed by President Barack Obama.
During the FBI’s ongoing investigation into letters containing ricin addressed to President Barack Obama, Senator Roger Wicker, and a Mississippi judicial official – Sadie Holland – evidence collected by the FBI from the former business, Tupelo Taekwondo Plus, located on Rankin Boulevard Ext. in Tupelo, Mississippi, tested positive for trace levels of ricin.
Because public safety is always the FBI’s first priority in any investigation, that location was immediately sealed off and appropriate public health authorities were notified. The FBI is now conducting further forensic examination for the purpose of identifying trace evidence, residues, and signatures of production that could provide evidence to support the investigation.
Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans. Ricin poisoning can occur when the substance enters the body through ingestion, inhalation, or injection. To date, the FBI is not aware of any illness as a result of exposure to these letters. […]
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