- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Federal health officials say 18,649 Montanans have signed up for private health insurance since the online marketplace was launched last fall.

The figures from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released Wednesday are from Oct. 1 to Feb. 1.

They show that 86 percent of those who selected plans were receiving financial help to pay premiums.

Nearly 3.3 million people have signed up for plans nationwide.

About 54 percent of those who signed up in Montana chose silver plans, which covers about 70 percent of expected medical costs.

The figures show 33,948 Montanans who have completed applications are eligible to enroll in a plan, but not all of them have signed up for one.