(Associated Press) New data show that 265 North Dakotans signed up for private insurance under the federal health care law in the first two months of the federally run online marketplace, a significant rise from 42 the first month but still the lowest total in the nation.

People can compare coverage and prices and select health plans through the marketplace, but it was plagued by problems after going online Oct. 1. Those problems eased in the second month of operation, said Neil Scharpe, who is in charge of North Dakota’s so-called navigators — people who find uninsured residents and help them with their options.

“This week, even starting last week, things have worked so much better,” he said. “The information I’m getting back from our navigators across the state is that there is just a lot more success. I can’t encourage people enough to give it a try.”

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