More than 18,000 North Dakota residents select health insurance plans through federal website

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — Federal health officials say 18,171 North Dakota residents selected health insurance plans during the second enrollment period under a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the new enrollment numbers Tuesday. The figures are through Feb. 22.

Officials had estimated that up to 21,313 North Dakota residents were eligible to select health plans through the federal marketplace healthcare.gov.

The federal report shows that 86 percent of those who selected plans qualified for a tax credit, and the credits averaged $228 per month.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the subsidies in North Dakota and other states where residents depend on the federal marketplace, rather than state-established websites. The court's decision is expected in late June.

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