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More Michiganders signed up for Obamacare in 2017 than 2016

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The window to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is smaller this year, but that hasn't slowed enrollment in Michigan.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 153,241 Michigan residents were signed up for health insurance through HealthCare.gov as of December 9

That's a 16 percent jump from the same time last year, when 131,989 were signed up. 

The boost comes in spite, or perhaps because, of a considerably shorter open enrollment period. This year's window is 45 days, compared to 90 days last year.

There's still time to sign up and choose a plan this year -- open enrollment lasts through December 15.

Rebecca Kruth is the host of Weekend Edition at Michigan Radio. She also co-hosts Michigan Radio’s weekly language podcast That’s What They Say with English professor Anne Curzan.
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