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New health plan available for low income adults

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

The deadline for the Affordable Care Act has come and gone. But in Michigan, another enrollment is just beginning - one that will give low income adults a chance at health coverage.

Ulish Lindsey is one of many Michigan residents who doesn't make much money but earns just enough to not qualify for Medicare.

"They take the premium pay out of my check every month, $104," said Lindsey.

Tuesday, the state launched a new plan that expands the Medicaid program. Now, nearly half a million adults that weren't eligible for coverage, are.

Richard Walker is an enrollment specialist at Health Delivery, Inc., in Bridegport. He helped more than a dozen people sign up for the Healthy Michigan Plan Tuesday. He says it's given many Michigan residents a new lifeline.

"Haven't had coverage for six years or eight years. I've never had insurance in my life, now I'm afforded the opportunity have insurance. Those are the stories I'm hearing," Walker commented.

To qualify for the Healthy Michigan Plan, you must be a Michigan resident, 19 to 64 years old and not eligible for Medicaid or Medicare. If you are single, you can't make more than $16,000 a year. The limit is $33,000 for a family of four. The plan covers everything from doctor's visits, to hospital stays and prescriptions. There are some premiums and co-pays, but Walker says those costs are minimal.

"I've seen an average of $1 for prescriptions to $3 for doctor visits," Walker added.

You can apply for the plan in person, at any Department of Human Services office or federally qualified health center. You can also apply by calling 855-789-5610 or online at mibridges.michigan.gov.

Ulish Lindsey wasted no time filling out his application. Now, he's looking forward to that $104 premium payment not being taken out of his check.

"It's a big relief. I can help the grandkids out," Lindsey stated.

A link has been posted to the Healthy Michigan Plan application page under the Hotlinks section here on wnem.com.

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