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Nearly 50,000 Sign Up And Pay For Health Coverage

Nearly 50,000 Massachusetts residents have signed up for an insurance plan through the state's Health Connector and made their first month's payment.

"That's in addition to the 131,342 determined to be eligible and enrolled in MassHealth," said Maydad Cohen, special assistant to Gov. Deval Patrick who is running the website project, "and they accessed it through a rebuilt website that does what it's supposed to do."

As of Sunday night, Health Connector officials said about 49,900 residents had taken the steps needed to guarantee they have coverage on Jan. 1, the Associated Press reports.

Though the original enrollment deadline was Dec. 23, Connector officials gave thousands of people who had chosen a plan, but not yet paid for it, until Sunday to do so.

There have been recent glitches in the Connector's website, including a third-party payment system that went offline for hours on Sunday for the second time in two weeks.

Otherwise, officials say the revamped website has been operating without major glitches since it was launched Nov. 15, replacing one that was hobbled by technical problems.

The Connector will hold "enrollment fairs" around the state ahead of the Jan. 23 application deadline for coverage starting in February.

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