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Health Department of Northwest Michigan
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Health Insurance Program for Michigan enrollees: contact the Health Department for premium refund

(January 30, 2012) If you are eligible for or currently enrolled in HIP Michigan, you may be eligible for a refund of part of your monthly premium under a new Northern Health Plan program administered by the Health Department of Northwest Michigan.

The Health Insurance Program for Michigan–or HIP–is part of the Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010. It provides affordable, high quality health coverage to Michigan residents who have been uninsured for six months and have an eligible pre-existing condition.

Under the Support Program administered by the Health Department, qualifying individuals will be reimbursed one-third of the money they pay for HIP Michigan Insurance. For example, a 44 year old paying HIP Michigan premiums of $296 per month for insurance would get $98.67 back each month if they qualify for the program administered by the Health Department.

“We're pleased to offer refunds to HIP Michigan enrollees,” said Bruce Miller, Executive Director for the Northern Health Plan, which serves an eight-county region across the tip of the mitt. “Affordability is the number one issue for income families seeking health insurance. This program can help.”

It's easy for HIP Michigan enrollees to get their refunds, according to Valeri Ramage, the local Coordinator of the Northern Health Plan. “First enroll in HIP Michigan and pay your first premium. Then bring your receipt to the Health Department along with documentation of your income. If you qualify, we will cut you a check for your refund.”


To see if you qualify for partial reimbursement of your HIP premium, call Valeri Ramage at 231-547-7665 during regular business hours. For more information about HIP Michigan, call 877-459-3113 or visit