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Open enrollment for Marketplace health insurance plans begins today, Deadline Dec. 15

LANSING, Mich. – Now through December 15, the health department is reminding people to enroll for health insurance and is offering free, in-person assistance to those who want help finding the best plan for their needs and budget.

The open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace is November 1 through December 15, 2019. People who have purchased insurance through the Marketplace (also known as, Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare) in the past should review their plan and update their application. Those who lack coverage or wish to change plans in 2020 must do so during open enrollment.

“Health insurance is important,” said Ingham County Health Officer Linda S. Vail. “None of us know what the year ahead will look like health-wise, but insurance can protect you from the unexpected. Most plans cover wellness exams and screenings, so even if you’re healthy, you receive some benefits.”

Trained and certified assisters offering free, local help with enrollment are available at the health department’s Community Health Centers and through the department’s Registration and Enrollment program at (517) 887-4306 or in-person at 5303 S. Cedar Street in Lansing. An appointment is recommended. People may also evaluate plans and enroll themselves by visiting