PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Federal officials report that only 372 South Dakota residents successfully signed up for a health insurance plan through a federally run marketplace during its first two months of operation.
The report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services shows that South Dakota had the second-fewest signups through Nov. 30 among states with federally run marketplaces. North Dakota had the fewest at 265.
But officials say signups in South Dakota have grown significantly since the federal government's reporting date of Nov. 30. Avera Health Plans now reports enrolling 734 so far through the exchange, Sanford Health Plan has enrolled 182, and DAKOTACARE has enrolled 14.
South Dakota is one of 36 states relying on the federal HealthCare.gov website to sign people up for insurance under the national health overhaul.