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Deadline looms to buy Obamacare for 2017

Want to buy Obamacare for 2017? Time is running out

The deadline to sign up for a 2017 Obamacare plan is December 15th. That's  the last day for normal enrollment, if you want coverage starting January 1st.

After that, you can only sign up if you qualify for a “special enrollment period”prompted by a life event, like having a baby or losing your health insurance.  

Almost 400,000 Michiganders are covered under the individual plans they bought on the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

But most of those plans saw big rate increases in Michigan this year.

Even with all the uncertainty about what’s going to happen to Obamacare, we do know that the average sticker price for an individual plan shot up 16% on average.

But the federal government says the vast majority of people in those plans got a tax credit, and that most are able to get some level of coverage for $100 a month. 

Kate Wells is a Peabody Award-winning journalist currently covering public health. She was a 2023 Pulitzer Prize finalist for her abortion coverage.
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