TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Financial counselors are available at several Munson Healthcare facilities to help people in northwestern Michigan seek health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

The 2018 enrollment period under the federal health care program runs through Dec. 15. About 18,000 northern Michigan residents are covered by health insurance plans provided through the federal marketplace.

Munson Healthcare provides sign-up assistance in Cadillac, Frankfort, Gaylord, Grayling, Kalkaska, Manistee and Traverse City. Coordinator Royleen Martin says the counselors help people review available plans and decide which one best meets their needs.

Failure to have health coverage can result in a penalty.

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