22K South Dakotans enroll for coverage under health care law


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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — More than 22,350 people in South 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.

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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