Health care coverage is very important. If you need medical care and do not have any form of coverage you may receive some very large medical bills in return!

 Here you can learn about what health care coverage options are available for you as well as information about those programs. Additionally, you can find links to nearby medical facilities such as local Health Departments, Free Clinics, and Hospitals.


 Health Care Coverage


  • Foster Care Trasitional Medicaid Medicaid coverage for foster youth between the ages of 18-21, that are currently in foster care or leaving soon, that lived/live in an out-of-home placement and are under the responsibility of DHS (private agencies included). Youth that enter foster care on their 18th birthday may also qualify. Transitional Medicaid begins when your foster care case is closed. Contact your current/former foster care worker or...

 The Foster Care Transitional Medicaid 

Message Phone

(517) 335-3627


State of Michigan Youth Services Department

(517) 241-9865



  • Tencon Health Plan
  •  Health Benefits for the uninsured that reside in any of the following counties: Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, or Wexford. To enroll in the Tencon Health Plan contact your local Health Department. They will ask you a few questions to determine eligibility and will then schedule and appointment to meet with you. Eligibility requirements include: you must be a resident of one of the counties listed above, NOT be eligible for Medicaid, Medicare, or employer paid health insurance, and be a legal citizen of the United States.

    Call your local Health Department or Tencon Health Plan Member Services for more Information  




  •  Northern Health Plan
  • Health care coverage for uninsured residents of one of the following counties: Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, Otsego, Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency, and Presque Isle. Eligibiltiy requirements include residency in one of the above counties, age between the ages of 19-64, have no other form of health care insurance, be at or below 200% poverty (household of 2 annual income limit of $25,660).

For more information contact the 

Health Department of Northwest Michigan



  • Medicaid and other programs from the Department of Human Services
  • Health care coverage that includes Healthy Kids (Medicaid health care for low-income children under the age of 19 and for pregnant women on any age), MI Child (health care coverage for low-income and uninsured children under the age of 19), Under 21 (Medicaid coverage available to those under the age of 21, as well as many other programs for families, pregnant women and thier infants, and adults.
    For more information contact your local Department of Human Services or check out their website here

Whats the difference between a Health Department and a Clinic?

Most Health Departments provide specific services and not general health care services. Most assist with health care coverage enrollments, medical care, vision care and screening, hearing care and screening, communicable disease information and testing, family planning and reproductive services, pregnancy and infant services, STD testing and counseling, and much more.

Clinics often provide little to no-cost medical care depending on your income and other qualifications, supplies, and medication for those in need that otherwise do not carry medical coverage and therefore cannot go to a doctor's office or hospital to get help without getting an expensive bill in return.


Local Health Departments & Clinics

click on the titles below to be taken to the website


District Health Department #10

(Includes Crawford, Kalkaska, Lake, Manistee, Mason, Mecosta, Missaukee, Newaygo, Oceana, and Wexford Counties)


District Health Department #4

(Includes Alpena, Cheboygan, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties)


Health Department of Northwest Michigan

(Includes Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet and Otsego counties)


AuSable Free Clinic

located at 1250 E. Michigan Ave., Grayling, Michigan

(989) 348-0740

Open Thursday 4:30pm-6:30pm for client registration


Medcare Walk-In Clinic

1996 Walden Dr., Gaylord, Michigan

(989) 731-4111

Open Monday-Friday 7am-7pm, weekends 8am-4pm





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