- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 2, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Over 19,000 South Dakota residents have signed up for subsidized private health insurance this year under President Barack Obama’s signature health care law.

Federal health officials say the sign-ups represent consumers who enrolled in a plan and followed through by paying their first month’s premiums. The numbers cover the healthcare.gov enrollment period through March 31.

Officials in early March reported that 21,000 South Dakota residents had selected a plan, but not all ended up paying for their coverage.

A federal report shows that over 88 percent of South Dakota consumers who paid premiums received financial assistance, which averaged $229.

The figures come as the U.S. Supreme Court is weighing the legality of subsidies for consumers in more than 30 states, including South Dakota. A decision is expected around late June.

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