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Nearly 125,000 Michiganians signed up for federally required health insurance by Dec. 15, the deadline for coverage to start by Thursday, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

About 53 percent of 123,208 people in Michigan who selected plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace did so for the first time, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Another 47 percent enrolled for a second time.

Those currently enrolled in a marketplace plan who didn’t visit HealthCare.gov to re-enroll will be automatically continued in their current health plan or shifted to the most similar plan available.

Nationwide, the split was about even between first-time enrollees and those who re-enrolled, according to federal statistics.

About 89 percent of Michiganians who enrolled for health insurance were deemed eligible for financial aid to lower their monthly premiums, compared with 84 percent during a similar period last year, according to the government’s report.

The federal subsidy can be reduced if an individual’s financial situation changes during the year.

The department said the report does not reflect all of the people who selected plans leading up to the deadline for Jan. 1.

“We’re pleased that in Michigan 123,208 people signed up for Marketplace coverage during the first month of open enrollment. The vast majority were able to lower their costs even further by getting tax credits, making a difference in the bottom lines of so many families,” HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said.

People can still sign up for insurance coverage through Feb. 15. The process started Nov. 15.

The government said consumers shopping for health insurance should sign up by Jan. 15 to get coverage effective Feb. 1.

Nationwide, more than 4 million people signed up for the first time or re-enrolled in coverage for 2015 during the first month of open enrollment.

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