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IF YOU ARE IN CRISIS OR NEED IMMEDIATE MEDICAL ASSISTANCE PLEASE CONTACT:

Emergencies: Dial 911  •  Health Project Mainline: 231.672.3201  •  Health Project Toll-Free: 1.866.671.4819

Health Project Offers Assistance During Open Enrollment

“We have more enrollment in Medicare this year than we have in ACA in past years,” stated Liz Chala, Community Health Worker Lead at the Health Project.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment period started on November 1st and ended December 31st. The Medicare enrollment period started November 15th and ended December 15th.

In 2018, the Health Project enrolled 57 clients into the Affordable Care Act (ACA) program that provided health insurance plans, and 73 clients into Medicare. In 2018, the Health Project direct staff enrolled approximately 558 clients into other programs for services and health care.

When the ACA first started, new patients were signing into a health plan, where this year, numbers have decreased, with recurring patients coming in to renew their plan in ACA. The Health Project has seen an increase in Medicare patients who can apply if they are 65 years old, disabled or are in kidney renal failure.


The clients who come into the Health Project can be assured that they are being taken care of by highly trained Community Health Workers. “They Rock!” exclaimed Liz Chala. “They are dedicated, hardworking, and always providing updated information in the best interests of our patients.” The Community Health Workers are trained to be ACA Enrollment Specialists, attending training every July.  Medicare Certified Enrollment Specialists are located at both Oceana and Muskegon locations.

Since 2014, when the Affordable Care Act was first implemented, the Health Project has seen a change in promotion. Liz Chala explains that “the very first year ACA came out, the Health Project hosted neighborhood canvassing every Saturday, during the month of October. Rack cards were distributed to community members and neighborhoods to raise awareness of the programs and services they can access at the Health Project, including the health care insurance plans through the ACA”. Now, you may see Public Service Announcements, social media ads, and bus ads to increase awareness of open enrollment and other services the Health Project offers. In Oceana, placemats are distributed to restaurants.

According to the New York Times, nearly 20 million people have gained health insurance since 2010, and that Michigan is one of the states with the lowest percentage of uninsured residents.

To make an appointment at the Health Project, please call 231-672-3201, or walk-ins are welcomed from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Fridays, at our Muskegon office. If you are an Oceana resident, please call 231.861.0321 to make an appointment. Clients will need to bring a driver’s license, bank statement, proof of income and taxes, and insurance cards. We have Spanish speaking staff available.

 

upcoming events

Aug 1, 2019

Muskegon Health Disparities Presents: Unnatural Causes

The Muskegon Health Disparities Coalition is hosting a FREE movie screening of the documentary “Unnatural Causes: Episode 1: In Sickness and In Wealth” on Thursday, August 1, …

Aug 9, 2019

Free Health Screenings Available at Shelby Middle School

The Health Bound Coalition and the Health Project Identify Needs in Oceana.
According to the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report for Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo …

Aug 21, 2019

Free Health Screenings in Oceana County

The Health Bound Coalition and the Health Project Identify Needs in Oceana.
According to the 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) report for Muskegon, Oceana and Newaygo …

our services

The Health Project provides a number of direct services to eligible members of the community. These services include the following programs:

Service Highlight

Pharmaceutical Access Program: Navigating Resources to Best Assist the Client

“Pharmaceutical Access” is much broader than just funding the cost of prescriptions. It encompasses reviewing a person’s insurance coverage, income and resources, as well as medication needs. We then assist them with navigating insurance enrollment and coverage issues. It also includes exploring opportunities to utilize pharmaceutical company resources, such as copay saving cards and patient assistance programs. The Pharmaceutical Access Program staff look for savings and resources in all areas and help each client navigate those resources as needed.

what’s happening

KnowSmoke Educates Community on the Vaping Epidemic

KnowSmoke Coalition members and Tobacco Cessation Specialist, Cyndi Powers, presented to over 100 Muskegon Rotary Club members on Thursday, July 11th. Cyndi presented on the vaping epidemic …

Meet the Health Project Board Chair, Rem Sprague

Q. What is your role at Mercy Health? How does that position you to be influential in your work at the Health Project?

A. I am the …

Highlighting Members of STATS: Straight Talk About Tough Stuff

Jennifer LaChapelle, STATS Coordinator at the Health Project.
Q. How long have you been involved with STATS?

A. I have been the STATS Coordinator for one year …

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Muskegon ALI Completes 2019 Decoy Operations

The Muskegon Alcohol Liability Initiative (Muskegon ALI) and participating agencies would like to recognize the alcohol retailers who have passed the 2019 Muskegon ALI Alcohol Compliance Checks. As a group of law enforcement officers and concerned citizens, our mission is to reduce underage drinking and alcohol-related injuries in Muskegon County.

 

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