Almost 15,000 North Dakotans sign up for health insurance so far in second enrollment period

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — Federal officials say almost 15,000 people in North Dakota have signed up for health insurance during the current enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act.

The second enrollment season for President Barack Obama's signature health care law began Nov. 15 and runs through Feb. 15. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that 14,973 North Dakota residents had selected plans as of Jan. 9. The figure includes first-time sign-ups, people who personally re-enrolled and those who were automatically re-enrolled by insurers.

Of those who signed up during the first month of the enrollment season, 88 percent received financial assistance, which lowered their premiums.

Nationwide, nearly 6.8 million people have signed up for the first time or re-enrolled in coverage since the second enrollment period began.

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