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Less than 5,000 North Dakotans signed up for the Affordable Health Care Act through the March 31 enrollment deadline.

Over one-third of those policies were sold last month through the federal exchange marketplace.

The healthcare enrollment period has been extended by President Obama.

Exactly 4,338 people purchased Affordable Health Care Act coverage from Blue Cross Blue Shield through the HealthCare.gov website, says to Luther Stueland the director of Health Policy Impact.

Two-thirds of those policy holders received some form of subsidy to help pay for their coverage. 

Sanford Health has signed up 232 people and numbers from Medica Minnesotacare, which also sells Obamacare products in North Dakota, are still unavailable.  

Strueland says all of the North Dakota policies are effectuated, which means insurance premiums are being paid.

The first-month coverage was offered through the HealthCare.gov site by Blue Cross Blue Shield back in October of 2013, less than 100 North Dakotans signed up.

Luther also says he expects more people to apply for coverage thanks to the sign-up extension, and because many Blue Cross Blue Shield policies that once covered 15,000 people do not meet the new Obamacare requirements. Cancellation notices were sent out in January to those North Dakotans and those people have until May 1 to sign up for different policies.

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