Knowing that so many people were struggling financially last year, I wrote a post about a children’s insurance program and our experiences with it. I’m thrilled to hear that there is another way to access this program because unfortunately, a year later many people are still in need of health insurance the other resources I wrote about before. It’s really an amazing program, and it covers pretty much everything – including dental. A family of four may qualify for the program if their average household income is $3,675 a month ($44,100 annually) or under.
There are a lot of people out there who don’t know that they are eligible, so the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids has received grant funding to reach out and help people gain access to MIChild and Healthy Kids. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the main branch (the big, fancy one downtown) at 616.855.9686 and schedule an appointment, or even apply over the phone. This is in addition to the other ways to apply; not instead of. If you are in Michigan, but not Grand Rapids you can still fill out a form online, or send in a paper application. If you are outside of Michigan, check with your state’s health department to see if there is a similar program.
I’m happy to help spread the word about this program. Please get in contact with the YMCA if you need help. Don’t be embarassed – they are nice 🙂 and there are thousands of people going through this right now. I know you will be thankful that you did.