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Insurance exchange opens in NJ

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Supporters of President Barack Obama’s health insurance overhaul are encouraging uninsured people in New Jersey to get coverage through a new online marketplace that launched Tuesday.

Events were held in three cities to get the word out, and outreach offices opened around the state to help people register.

The exchanges are being launched in every state even as the federal government shut down many functions amid a congressional debate about the health overhaul.

Like those in 35 other states, New Jersey’s exchange is being run by the federal government through the website Coverage begins Jan. 1.

Supporters of the marketplace say the average premiums on the exchange in New Jersey are lower than private plans now available. Many users will also be eligible for government subsidies.