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12,000 Iowans now have insurance under Affordable Care Act

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DES MOINES (AP) -

Nearly 12,000 Iowa residents have signed up for private health insurance plans using the federal enrollment website.

Federal authorities released new data Wednesday on the first four months of enrollment under the health care law.

The report shows that nearly 12,000 in Iowa enrolled in private health insurance between Oct. 1 and Feb 1.

That number has grown substantially over the past month.

About 7,500 signed up during the first three months the healthcare.gov website was available. The site was plagued with technical difficulties at first.

Eighty-three percent of Iowa enrollees were eligible for financial assistance to help cover the cost of a plan.

More older Iowans have signed up so far. Thirty-seven percent of the enrollees are between the ages of 55 and 64.

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