19K North Dakotans enroll for coverage under health care law

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Nearly 19,200 people in North Dakota have signed up for 2016 coverage through health insurance markets under the federal health care law.

Health and Human Services officials say they are among 8.2 million people in the United States to do so since the start of the Nov. 1 open enrollment period.

The numbers reflect only the 38 states using the HealthCare.gov website and call center.

Officials say in a release that about 60 percent of people in enrolled in North Dakota can find health care plan premiums for $75 per month or less after tax credits.

Coverage starts Jan. 1 under plans selected by Dec. 17 or for people who were automatically reenrolled. Open enrollment ends Jan. 31, 2016.

People who remain uninsured after that risk rising fines.

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