Nearly 19,000 South Dakotans buy coverage under health law

By The Associated Press | Posted - Sep. 8, 2015 at 1:41 p.m.

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Federal health officials say nearly 19,000 South Dakota residents have signed up and paid for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the new enrollment numbers Tuesday. The figures are through June 30.

The federal report shows that 87.5 percent, or more than 16,600 of those who secured plans in South Dakota, qualified for a tax credit. That's higher than the national average of nearly 84 percent.

The credits averaged $224 per month in South Dakota, while the national monthly average is $270.

A U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this summer upheld insurance subsidies in all 50 states. The federal government reports a total of 9.9 million people were enrolled in plans obtained through the exchanges nationwide.

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