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Hundreds in Mass. sign up for health coverage

Many choices for residents

Hundreds of Massachusetts residents started enrolling for subsidized health insurance Tuesday under a new federal system, a long-anticipated process that featured many choices and a few glitches.

Lower-income Massachusetts residents have been able to shop online for subsidized health plans for years, but the nationwide debut of Web-based health insurance marketplaces, a central piece of the federal health care overhaul, will require more than 100,000 residents to sign up for new insurance plans by the end of this year or lose their subsidized coverage.

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