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Nearly 36K losing health care coverage in ND

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Insurance Commissioner Adam Hamm says nearly 36,000 people in the state will have their policies canceled under President Barack Obama's health care law.

Individual health insurance policies are being canceled for millions of people nationwide who buy individual insurance policies as federal health care reform requires plans to cover certain benefits. Policies are being discontinued because they don't meet the higher benefit requirements of the Affordable Care Act.

Hamm's agency requested the information on policies being cancelled in North Dakota this week from three companies selling coverage on the Healthcare.gov website. The companies are Blue Cross Blue Shield North Dakota, Sanford Health and Medica.

The state Insurance Department released the information on Friday.

Hamm says the insurance companies have reported only 30 enrollments in the plans to date.