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35,000 North Dakotans Face Health Insurance Switch

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North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm on Friday released information on the number of North Dakotans who have enrolled in a health insurance plan via North Dakota's federally-facilitated Marketplace.

The three insurance companies doing business in the Marketplace—Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota, Medica Insurance Company and Sanford Health Plan—have 30 enrollments as of Friday, November 1.

Additionally, reports to Hamm from these three companies indicate that 35,585 people are or will be losing their existing health insurance policies due to changes being made to comply with the Affordable Care Act.

"The Department requested this data to get an understanding of what is occurring in the Marketplace and to gather information for state officials and policyholders," Hamm said. 

North Dakotans who are receiving notices indicating cancellation, non-renewal or discontinuation of policies should be aware of their options. Individuals and businesses can contact the health insurance companies directly, work through an insurance agent or attempt to log on to the Marketplace website at HealthCare.gov once it is functioning properly. They can also call 1-800-318-2596 to contact the Marketplace. Open enrollment for 2014 runs through March 31, 2014.

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