More than 45,000 in Iowa sign up for health care coverage on federal exchange

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Federal officials say that over 45,000 people in Iowa have signed up for health care coverage on the federal exchange.

The second open enrollment period under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul — known as the Affordable Care Act — ended Sunday. In a Wednesday news release, federal officials say over 45,000 people in Iowa signed up or were automatically re-enrolled in a plan.

That's more than the roughly 29,000 who signed up during the first enrollment.

Over 2,000 people who shopped on the exchange are still enrolled in plans with an insurance cooperative that the state plans to liquidate. Iowa Insurance Commissioner Nick Gerhart is urging them to seek new coverage before the end of the month so they can maintain federal tax credits to help pay premiums.

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