- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 12, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - More than 4,000 North Dakota residents signed up for private health insurance during the first four months of the nation’s federally run online marketplace.

North Dakota still has the fewest successful signups among the 36 states relying on the federal HealthCare.gov website to sign people up for insurance under the national health overhaul. Nationwide, only Hawaii has signed up fewer people than North Dakota.

A federal report released Wednesday said 4,057 North Dakotans selected plans through the new marketplace from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1. Of those enrollees, more than 80 percent chose a plan with financial assistance.

Technical problems with the HealthCare.gov website during the first three months kept many people from signing up.

Estimates show there are about 40,000 North Dakotans needing health insurance through the marketplace.

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