Massachusetts residents needing health coverage will have a few more days to make their first month's payment, but must still act quickly if they want to guarantee having insurance starting Jan. 1.

Tuesday remains the deadline for the uninsured to enroll in a plan through the state's health connector. But due to heavy demand officials have decided to push back the deadline for making the first month's payment until midnight Sunday.

Some people may receive their health plan's ID cards a few days after Jan. 1, but their coverage will be in effect at the start of the month.

As of Monday more than 25,000 people had selected, signed up and paid for coverage through the connector. Another 37,000 had selected a plan, but had yet to make their first payment.

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