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More than 21,000 South Dakota residents select health insurance plans through federal website

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Federal health officials say 21,393 South Dakota residents selected health insurance plans during the second enrollment period under a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the new enrollment numbers Tuesday. The figures are through Feb. 22.

Officials had estimated that up to 27,626 South Dakota residents were eligible to select health plans through the federal marketplace healthcare.gov.

The federal report shows that 86 percent of those who selected plans in South Dakota qualified for a tax credit, and the credits averaged $228 per month. The report says 47 percent of South Dakotans paid $100 or less per month after tax credits.

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a challenge to the subsidies in South Dakota and other states where residents depend on the federal marketplace, rather than state-established websites. The court's decision is expected in late June.

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