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Actor Abdi climbs aboard campaign to boost MNsure enrollments


The state exchange MNsure will have a little star power to help as it makes a final push to enroll as many Minnesotans as possible for health insurance before the March 31 deadline.

Actor Barkhad Abdi and his “Captain Phillips” co-star, Faysal Ahmed, have enlisted to help get MNSure's "March to Enroll” message out.

Under the Affordable Care Act, people who don’t have health insurance by March 31 could face penalties of either $95 or 1 percent of household income, whichever is greater.

The Star Tribune reports Abdi and Ahmed, who are originally from Somalia, will host an event Friday at the Brian Coyle Community Center in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood where they’ll sign autographs and pose for photos, while also steering people to tables where MNsure-certified navigators can sign them up for health coverage.

The gig could be good news for Abdi's bottom line.

The Oscar-nominated actor reported recently that despite widespread acclaim for his performance,saying he made just $65,000 from his role as the Somali pirate leader in “Captain Phillips.”

WCCO  reports "Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, has made more than $217 million at the box office worldwide.

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