16.6K North Dakotans sign up for coverage under health law

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal data show more than 16,600 North Dakotans have signed up and paid for health insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that 85 percent of those, or more than 14,000 people, were receiving tax subsidies to help with the cost.

The subsidies in North Dakota average $231 a month. The national average is $270 a month.

The report was the first update since June on how the Affordable Care Act's insurance markets are performing in all 50 states.

Nationally, about 9.9 million people enrolled, with about 84 percent receiving tax subsidies to help cover the cost.

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