Across New England, federal health law starts to help families

Fred Field for The Boston Globe

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Much has gone wrong since the Oct. 1 launch of state and federal health insurance websites created under the Affordable Care Act. Amid the fury, however, have been developments far less widely publicized: success stories.

Many who had struggled without insurance are getting it. Others with poor insurance coverage have found better plans. Some whose policies cost a lot and covered not much at all have obtained more comprehensive coverage that — with government subsidies — often costs less.

In New England, more than 91,000 people have signed up for private health plans.

“We just signed up because it’s affordable and things eventually do break,” said John Cashore of Robbinston, Maine, whose family was previously among the 47 million uninsured in the United States. “And it’s the law.”

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