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Enrollment period begins to buy health insurance plans in Michigan for 2019

This information is compiled from the Health and Human Services and Employee
This information is compiled from the Health and Human Services and Employee

LANSING, Mich. – The 45-day period to buy health insurance for 2019 is underway in Michigan.

About 343,000 state residents are covered through the individual market.

Eleven insurers are offering 123 plans — nine on the federal marketplace that enables consumers to qualify for income-based tax credits to help pay premiums.

Rates have stabilized for 2019, though a Kaiser Foundation study estimates that if not for changes by President Donald Trump and the Republican-led Congress, premiums would have been substantially lower next year .

Enrollment began Thursday and ends Dec. 15. Those who bought a plan through the marketplace last year will be auto-enrolled in the same plan unless they pick a different one.

In Michigan, premiums on average are rising 1.7 percent, though rate changes vary by insurer and plan.