ND seeks to link to federal health care computers

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials are working to link the state's system to federal computers that help enroll people for coverage under the new health care law.

The connection to federal computers requires a security review and approval. But North Dakota is one of three states that isn't approved to connect to the federal data hub that verifies personal details about people applying for government-subsidized insurance.

North Dakota Human Services Director Maggie Anderson says the state submitted a plan on Feb. 12 to federal authorities to ensure the state is in compliance. But Anderson says she has not heard back yet.

Anderson says the situation has not put anyone's personal data at risk and it has not stopped people from getting health care coverage.

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