Fewer than 60 South Dakotans able to successfully sign up for health insurance
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 58 South Dakota residents have successfully signed up for a health insurance plan through a federally run online marketplace during its first month in operation.
The federal report issued Wednesday shows that South Dakota has the third fewest sign-ups so far in the nation, behind Alaska and North Dakota.
Many people across the nation tried to sign up when the HealthCare.gov website became active Oct. 1, but the site has been beset with problems.
The federal report says the insurance exchange had 1,491 completed applications from South Dakota through Nov. 2. Those applications sought coverage for 3,081 people.
South Dakota is using the federal website because state officials chose not to create a state-run marketplace.