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In 2013, when the North Dakota Legislature passed the Medicaid expansion bill, it predicted 20,500 North Dakotans would fit the guidelines to sign up for this kind of coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

“As of July, 2015, the Medicaid expansion enrollment was approximately 18,833 individuals,” said Stephanie Waloch, the Medicaid Expansion Administrator for the state Department of Human Services. "Most enrollees are childless adults -- 77 percent -- with over half of them ages 19 to 44."

About 300 North Dakotans may lose their health insurance through the federal insurance Marketplace if they do not turn in proper paperwork.

Affordable Care Act Enrollment, the New March Madness?

Mar 24, 2014

Monday (3/31) marks the deadline for uninsured individuals to sign-up for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Leading up to the deadline, State Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm says North Dakotans have not been strong to respond to the enrollment.

“…The numbers (from the federal government) as of the end of February are about 5,200 folks covered in plans in the North Dakota marketplace. When you actually go to the three companies selling plans and see who’s actually bought a plan and paid their first month’s premiums, the number drops to about 4,500.”

One of the North Dakota Legislature’s most vocal supporters of the federal Affordable Healthcare Act – dubbed “Obamacare” – says the legislative majority leadership set up the law for failure.

Sen. Tim Mathern (D-Fargo) says all one needs to do is look at the signups in North Dakota – compared to the sign ups in Minnesota.

"In Minnesota, thousands of people are signing up," said Mathern. "In North Dakota, they aren't. Had we worked together in a partnership with the federal government, this would be a different situation."

DHS prepping for Affordable Care Act

Sep 25, 2013

As a part of the Affordable Care Act, North Dakota’s Legislature approved an expansion of Medicaid to cover people who right now don’t have health insurance.

And the state Department of Human Services is preparing.

"We estimated the number of individuals qualifying for the Medicaid expansion to be 20,500," said Human Services Executive Director Maggie Anderson. "The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that number to 32,000."

'Affordable Care Act' takes effect Oct. 1

Sep 19, 2013

On October first, enrollment begins for the new “Affordable Health Care Act.”

The act is designed to cover people without health insurance. The act set up insurance “exchanges” – where people can pick the coverage they want or need. But Michael Fierberg with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services says there’s some confusion on how the marketplace works.

North Dakota’s exchange is through the Department of Health and Human Services. Fierberg says a person can long on to “healthcare-dot-gov,” and start looking at the available options.