People in 36 of Mississippi's 82 counties may not be able to buy health insurance through the new federal online marketplace when it starts enrolling customers in October.
Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says two insurers have announced offerings so far, planning to serve 46 counties.
Unless more companies sign up or the existing companies expand their plans, consumers in the remaining counties won't be able to buy health insurance through the online exchange. Coverage under those policies begins Jan. 1
"I don't know what to tell you about the other 36 counties," Chaney told The Associated Press in a phone interview this week. "You're just out of luck."