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Health Care Advocates Make Final Enrollment Push

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Advocates and insurers are making a last-ditch push to sign up Michigan residents for coverage under the federal health care law.

People who start an application by Monday can enroll for this year in the insurance exchanges created under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Enrollment events are scheduled across the state, including at the Detroit Fire Department, Flint City Hall and Planned Parenthood in Detroit.

About 145,000 Michigan residents had enrolled in private insurance plans by earlier this month. Roughly 314,000 people in the state had completed an application and were eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan. As of Thursday, 6 million people have signed up nationally.

The effort comes one day before the expansion of Medicaid to more low-income adults begins April 1 in Michigan.

Michigan's federally controlled insurance website allows consumers to compare and buy insurance. It's a key element of the health law along with an expansion of Medicaid to more low-income adults, which begins Tuesday in Michigan.

People risk being fined for not having health insurance starting in April.

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