Health Department of Northwest Michigan

Do I Qualify

Some of the programs offered by the Health Department do have eligibility requirements in order to participate. Please feel free to call 800-432-4121 with any questions you may have about any of these programs, or to make an appointment.

Medicaid MIChild Healthy Kids Northern Dental Plan WIC Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) Breast & Cervical Cancer Screening (BCCCP) WISEWOMAN Colorectal Cancer Screening Reproductive Health Services

Medicaid The Michigan Department of Community Health has a convenient online application service for the following Medicaid programs: MIChild, Healthy Kids, Plan First!, and MOMS.

Click here to apply online.
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MiChild MIChild is health insurance coverage for uninsured children ages 0-19. Doctor visits, immunizations, prescriptions, dental, vision, and hospital care are all covered. The cost is $10.00 per family per month. Yearly family income limits for eligibility are as follows:
  • $24,740/year for 1 person
  • $33,348/year for family of 2
  • $41,955/year for family of 3
  • $50,562/year for family of 4
  • Add $8,607/year for each additional person
Call 1-800-432-4121 for more information, or visit the MDCH MIChild Website

Click here to apply online.
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Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids provides free health insurance coverage for pregnant women and children ages 0-19. Coverage can include doctor visits, dental and vision services, lab fees, prescriptions, hospital expenses, and any other services normally covered by Medicaid. The yearly income allowance for Healthy Kids is as follows:

For pregnant women and infants up to their 1st birthday:
  • $22,757/year for 1 person
  • $30,674/year for family of 2
  • $38,591/year for family of 3
  • $46,508/year for family of 4
  • Add $7,917/year for each additional person
For children age 1 to 19:
  • $18,672/year for 1 person
  • $25,168/year for family of 2
  • $31,664/year for family of 3
  • $38,160/year for family of 4
  • Add $6,496/year for each additional person
Click here to apply online.
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Northern Dental Plan Sponsored by Dental Clinics North, Northern Dental Plan offers dental services at a reduced fee for people without dental insurance. If you are eligible, you'll receive a FREE initial visit with a participating dentist, including x-rays and an exam, and reduced rates for all treatment following.

There are two levels of membership:
  • Northern Dental Plan includes x-rays, an exam, a treatment plan, and reduced rates for all treatment
  • Northern Dental Plan Plus includes one cleaning at your initial visit in addition to the other services offered in the NDP.
To be eligible, you must:
  • have no other dental insurance.
  • fall within the following income guidelines:
For a family of:            Income must be

           1                                  $35,010
           2                                  $47,190
           3                                  $59,370
           4                                  $71,550

When you enroll in the NDP your first visit will be free at any participating provider, including x-rays and an oral exam. Additional services will be available to you based on a reduced fee schedule. You and your dentist will develop a treatment and payment plan that will meet your needs. Additional financial assistance may be available through the Dental Assistance Fund.

To participate in the program:

You may download the brochure and application [PDF File], pick one up at any Dental Clinics North location, participating health departments or participating private dentist's offices,
Call Dental Clinics North to register over the phone at: 1-877-321-7070.

Once your application and membership fee have been received and processed, your card will be mailed to you, along with a list of participating private dentists in the area. You will receive your membership card by mail in 2-3 weeks.

Then just call Dental Clinics North or any participating dentist to make an appointment. For an appointment at any Dental Clinics North location, or for a list of participating dentists, call:
231-547-0295 or toll free 1-877-321-7070.

If you have a toothache or infection, you can enter care through an emergency appointment, and you will pay for services rendered. To continue with care for other non-emergency dental needs, you will need to enroll in the Northern Dental Plan. This will enable you to receive a free comprehensive oral exam and to receive additional services at reduced fees.

Click here to print out an application.
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WIC provides free food to women who are pregnant and breastfeeding, and infants and children up to age 5. A family may have many members participating in WIC. Each person's food package is averages $50.00 per month and includes milk, eggs, cheese, cereal, juice, peanut butter, and infant formula. Medical, nutritional and financial needs are reviewed to determine WIC eligibility. Immunizations are also provided at WIC appointments. For more information, visit the MDCH WIC Website To be eligible, you must:

  • Be pregnant, or
  • Be up to 6 months postpartum
  • If breastfeeding, can be postpartum up to 1 year
  • Have a child that is under the age of 5

You must also meet income guidelines determined by the State of Michigan as follows:

  • $21,590/year for 1 person
  • $29,101/year for family of 2
  • $36,612/year for family of 3
  • $44,123/year for family of 4
  • Add $7,511/year for each additional person
Call 1-800-432-4121 for more information or to make an appointment.
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CSHCS Children's Special Health Care Services (CSHCS) is a program within the Michigan Department of Community Health for children and some adults with special health care needs and their families. We help persons with chronic health problems by providing:
  • Coverage and referral for specialty services, based on your child's health problems.
  • Family-centered services to support you in your role as the primary caretaker of your child.
  • Community-based services to help you care for your child at home and maintain normal routines.
  • Culturally competent services that demonstrate an awareness of cultural differences.
  • Coordinated services to pull together the services of many providers who work within different agencies.

To join, children must have a qualifying medical condition and be 20 years old or under. Persons 21 and over with cystic fybrosis or certain blood clotting disorders also may qualify for services.
CSHCS covers more than 2,000 diagnoses.

If you think your child qualifies for CSHCS, ask your specialist to send a report about you or your child's condition to us. If your child has not been seen by a specialist, we can make arrangements to have an evaluation take place.

Call us at 1-800-432-4121 to schedule an appointment.

Your child's medical condition, not your income, determines if you qualify for this program. If your child qualifies, he or she will be invited to join the program and an application will be mailed to you. A review of this application will determine if we will ask you to share in the cost of services.

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MIHP Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is a program for all Michigan women with Medicaid health insurance who are pregnant and all infants with Medicaid. It is a benefit of their insurance. MIHP provides support to promote healthy pregnancies, good birth outcomes, and healthy infants.

Services include:
  • Maternal and infant health, psychosocial and nutrition assessment completed by nurse, social worker, or nutritionist
  • Registered Nurse, Licensed Social Worker and Registered Dietician team development of beneficiary care plans
  • Coordination of MIHP services with the beneficiary's medical care provider and Medicaid Health Plan (who assist and supplement that care)
  • Registered Nurse, Licensed Social Worker and Registered Dietitian home or office visits provided with interventions based on the beneficiary's plan of care
  • Transportation services arranged if needed
  • Referrals are made to local community services (e.g., mental health, substance abuse, domestic violence, basic needs assistance) as needed
  • Referral to local childbirth education or parenting classes

Call us at 1-800-432-4121 for more information.

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Breast & Cervical
Cancer Screening


Through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program (BCCCP), women who have breast and/or cervical cancer will be identified at earlier stages of these diseases, when treatment is less expensive and the survival rates are more favorable. Working together, medical providers and local health agencies can ensure that the highest quality breast and cervical cancer control services are available to all women in their communities.

Who Is Eligible?
This federal grant program is for low-income women of all ages, with the primary target population being women aged 40-64. The program provides screening services at no cost to uninsured women aged 40-64, whose incomes are at or below 250% of the federal poverty level.

2014 Income Guidelines
  • $29,175/year for 1 person
  • $39,325/year for family of 2
  • $49,475/year for family of 3
  • $59,625/year for family of 4
  • Add $10,150/year for each additional person

Insured women may also take advantage of the Breast and Cervical Control Program, provided they meet the insurance, age, and income eligibility requirements. Women enrolled in a health maintenance organization (HMO) or Medicare Part B are not eligible for the BCCCP, because these services are covered through the HMO and Medicare Part B.

Services Available: Through the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program, women aged 40-64 can receive:
  • Clinical breast exams
  • Pap smears
  • Pelvic exams
  • Screening mammograms
  • Appropriate referrals to community providers for follow-up of abnormalities

Depending upon a woman's medical need and her financial and insurance status, federal grant funds of supplemental funding is available for diagnostic services including colposcopy or breast biopsy.If a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer or cervical cancer (or its precursors), the woman is eligible for Medicaid through the Medicaid Treatment Act. For further information, contact the Program Coordinator at (231) 547-6523.

Call 800-432-4121 to schedule an appointment.

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WISEWOMAN Through the WISEWOMAN Program, The Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation (WISEWOMAN) Program is an extension of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program (BCCCP).

The main focus of WISEWOMAN is to help participants understand and make healthy lifestyle choices with a focus on nutrition, physical activity and smoking cessation. Leading a healthy lifestyle will help with current chronic disease risk factors and symptoms. It may also prevent or delay the development of new chronic disease risk factors. Women are only eligible for the WISEWOMAN Program if they are first enrolled in the BCCCP. (See above.)

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Reproductive Health Services The Reproductive Health Program provides confidential contraceptive clinical services and education. Services include:
  • Physical exam, including breast and pelvic exam
  • Pap smear
  • Sexually transmitted disease testing
  • Pregnancy testing and options counseling
  • Emergency Contraceptive/Morning After Pill
  • Birth control methods issued at clinic
  • Health counseling and referrals as needed
  • Pre-conceptional counseling
  • HIV counseling and testing
Services are confidential and based on an income-based sliding fee scale. Parental consent is not required. Clinics are staffed by certified female nurse practitioners. Call 1-800-432-4121 or 547-0295 for more information, or to make an appointment.

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Colorectal Cancer Screening Program The Colorectal Cancer Screening Program was created to ensure men and women age 50-64, who meet the criteria for Michigan Colorectal Cancer Early Detention Program (MCRCEDP) eligibility have the opportunity to participate in colorectal cancer screening services. In order to be eligible for this program, you:
  1. Must be between 50-64 years of age
  2. Must have no health insurance or inadequate health insurance which is defined as health insurance that doesn't fully cover the costs of colorectal cancer screening, including colonoscopy
  3. Income must be 250% of poverty or less:
  • $29,175/year for 1 person
  • $39,325/year for family of 2
  • $49,475/year for family of 3
  • $59,625/year for family of 4
  • Add $10,150/year for each additional person
Call 1-800-432-4121 for more information, or to make an appointment.

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