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About 21,000 In SD Get Health Insurance Through Marketplace

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal officials say more than 21,000 South Dakotans have chosen health plans through the federal insurance marketplace during the latest enrollment period.

The second enrollment period for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law began Nov. 15. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday said that said 21,183 people selected plans or were automatically re-enrolled by the Feb. 15 deadline.

About 13,000 South Dakotans selected a plan in 2014 during the first enrollment period.

The White House estimates that more than 11 million people nationwide signed up for subsidized private health insurance this year.

About 88 percent of South Dakotans choosing plans were deemed eligible for financial assistance as of Jan. 30.