BIG RAPIDS — TENCON Health Plan available through District Health Department No. 10, continues to have money to refund part of the premium cost of people who are eligible for or currently enrolled in HIP Michigan. HIP Michigan is part of the Affordable Care Act signed into law in 2010. It provides affordable health coverage to Michigan residents who have been uninsured for six months and have an eligible pre-existing condition.
Only 245 people statewide have signed up for Michigan’s high-risk pool. Cost has been a barrier so the state made two less expensive options available May 1. The two new plans have lowered premiums, compared to the current plan, but higher deductibles for the same coverage. The current plan has a $1,000 deductible. The two new plans have $2,500 and $3,500 deductibles.