- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 14, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Federal officials say more than 17,000 people in South Dakota have signed up for health insurance during the current enrollment season of the Affordable Care Act.

The second enrollment period for President Barack Obama’s signature health care law began Nov. 15 and ends Feb. 15. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday said 17,196 South Dakota residents selected plans as of Jan. 9. The figure includes first-time sign-ups, people who personally re-enrolled and those who were automatically re-enrolled by insurers.

Of those who signed up during the first month of the enrollment season, 88 percent received financial assistance, which lowered their premiums.

Nationwide, nearly 6.8 million people have signed up for the first time or re-enrolled in coverage since the second enrollment period began.

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