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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
serving Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego Counties
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Northern Health Announces New COBRA Support Program

(August 9, 2011) The Northern Health Plan is offering assistance to unemployed people who wish to continue their employer-sponsored health coverage under COBRA and need help paying monthly premiums.

Under the new COBRA Support Program, Northern Health Plan reimburses one-third the cost of paid monthly COBRA premiums. The premium reimbursement continues as long as individuals are eligible for COBRA, or Northern Health Plan funds run out, whichever comes first.

Anyone who has an annual household income up to 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (about $44,000 for a family of four) is eligible as long as they signed up for COBRA insurance through their former employer and pay monthly COBRA premiums to their former employer. Proof of payment will trigger the reimbursement directly to the individual.


To apply for the COBRA Support Program, contact Valeri Ramage at the Health Department of Northwest Michigan at 231-547-7665 or She can also provide information on other health insurance for which the family is eligible such as MiChild and Healthy Kids.

Northern Health Plan is a not-for-profit corporation that provides coverage programs for low income uninsured people in Emmet, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Cheboygan, Alpena, Presque Isle and Montmorency Counties. It is currently helping over 5,300 low-income uninsured people in the service area gain access to basic health care and preventive services. For additional information, contact Ramage at 231-547-7665.