More than 1 Million Michiganders      Obtained 2021 Health Coverage

More than 1 Million Michiganders  Obtained 2021 Health Coverage

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January 21, 2021

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More than 1 Million Michiganders Obtained 2021 Health Coverage from the Health Insurance Marketplace and the Healthy Michigan Plan


LANSING, Mich. — After an extensive joint outreach campaign by the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS), more than 1 million Michiganders obtained health coverage for 2021 during the Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period or through the state’s expanded Medicaid program.


“No Michigander should have to worry about how they’ll afford health insurance, especially during a global pandemic,” said Governor Whitmer. “My administration has been working around the clock to ensure people across the state can access quality, affordable health care.  The Healthy Michigan Plan that I worked across the aisle to pass as Senate Democratic Leader has surpassed 850,000 enrollees. I will continue to work with partners across the state to protect and expand health coverage for Michiganders.”


More than 267,000 Michiganders purchased Marketplace coverage for 2021, and more than 850,000 people are currently enrolled in the Healthy Michigan Plan. In a joint effort, DIFS and MDHHS invested more than $1 million in federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds to help people get covered. The effort included an advertising campaign that was seen and heard more than 42 million times on television, social media, and radio. By the Dec.15 deadline, 267,070 Michiganders had purchased health coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace, a nearly 2% increase over the 2019 open enrollment period. An additional 853,211 residents found coverage from the Healthy Michigan Plan during 2020, a record high number of participants for the program.


“I am happy that Michigan made significant progress in 2020 in increasing the number of residents who have access to health care coverage,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “In 2021 we will continue to focus on providing coverage to Michigan families. No one should have to go without medical treatment or health care coverage due to a lack of income.”


Open enrollment for 2021 coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace ended Dec. 15, but Michiganders may qualify for a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) if they experience a qualifying life event, such as a job loss or change in household size. Open enrollment for 2022 coverage will begin in Nov. 2021.


“Marketplace open enrollment for 2021 is over, but you may still have options to protect your health and the health of your family,” said DIFS Director Anita Fox. “DIFS is here to help answer questions about health coverage and can give you the information you need to get started.”


To learn more about health insurance, including SEP eligibility, consumers should visit Consumers are also eligible to apply for the Healthy Michigan Plan at any time online by visiting or by calling 855-789-5610.


The mission of the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services is to ensure access to safe and secure insurance and financial services fundamental for the opportunity, security, and success of Michigan residents, while fostering economic growth and sustainability in both industries. In addition, the Department provides consumer protection, outreach, and financial literacy and education services to Michigan residents. For more information, visit or follow the Department on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

Governors Encourage Everyone to Make a Plan and Get Vaccinated  

Governors Encourage Everyone to Make a Plan and Get Vaccinated  

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January 21, 2020



Bipartisan Governors and Lt. Governors from Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin Encourage Everyone to Make a Plan and Get Vaccinated 


LANSING, Mich – Today, the governors and lieutenant governors from Michigan  Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin joined together to encourage everyone to make a plan for how they can get the safe and effective vaccine once they become eligible.




“Although it is a new year, COVID-19 is still present across our states, and we all have a personal responsibility to do our part to protect our families, frontline workers, and small businesses. Each of our states is working around the clock to distribute the safe and effective COVID vaccines as quickly as possible. But we ask everyone to be patient,” said the governors and lieutenant governors. “The quicker we act to distribute the vaccine, the quicker we can reduce the strain on our health care system and defeat this virus. But until everyone is able to get vaccinated across our states we must double down on mask wearing, social distancing, and washing hands frequently.”


Over the past ten months people from across the region have stepped up to fight COVID-19. States across the region are working around the clock to ramp up vaccine distribution efforts and end the pandemic once and for all. Together, the governors urged individuals to make a plan for themselves and their families on how they can get vaccinated as soon as possible. People are encouraged to visit their state health departments website for more information.


Participants include:


Michigan: Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II

Ohio: Governor Mike DeWine, Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted

Indiana: Governor Eric Holcomb, Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch

Illinois: Governor J.B. Pritzker, Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton

Kentucky: Governor Andy Beshear, Lieutenant Governor Jacqueline Coleman

Wisconsin: Governor Tony Evers, Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes

Minnesota: Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan


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food assistance recipients will see additional benefits

food assistance recipients will see additional benefits

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Gov. Whitmer, MDHHS announce food assistance recipients will see additional benefits by end of January 

Fifteen percent increase in payments will help families cope with pandemic

LANSING, Mich. – The more than 1.2 million people in Michigan who are eligible for food assistance benefits will receive an additional payment by the end of January that raises their monthly amount by 15% to help families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 15% increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits is for six months, ending in June.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) advocated for the increase led by U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and were pleased to see it ultimately included in the recently passed Congressional relief bill.

“No Michigander should worry about how they’ll put food on the table for themselves and their family, especially during a pandemic,” said Gov. Whitmer. “COVID-19 is still a very real threat to our state, and we must continue providing crucial support to families that need it most. “I want to thank Sen. Stabenow for her leadership in securing this important increase and for her tireless efforts to expand access to food assistance, which has brought relief to so many Michiganders in need throughout this pandemic.”

Michigan food assistance recipients will see the 15% increase added to their Bridge Cards by the end of January that are in addition to benefits they received earlier in the month. Food assistance increases by $102 per month for a household of four, which will now receive $782 per month. In subsequent months, the 15% increase will be added to Bridge Cards from Jan. 20-30.

“Helping families put food on the table is our job,” said MDHHS Director Robert Gordon. “We’re glad we can provide more food assistance to Michiganders who are in need as a result of COVID-19.”

Whitmer and MDHHS also are announcing continuation in January of an initiative that provides additional food assistance to 350,000 Michigan families as a response to the pandemic. Through the initiative, anyone receiving food assistance who doesn’t already qualify for the maximum monthly benefits will see their payment raised to the maximum monthly amount for their household size. Eligible clients will see these additional food assistance benefits on their Bridge Card by Jan. 30, with payments beginning for some households on Jan. 20. Anyone who receives both this payment and the 15 percent increase will receive them on the same day.

Below are the new maximum allowable benefits for SNAP customers based on their respective household size for January through June:

  • One Person: $234
  • Two Persons: $430
  • Three Persons: $616
  • Four Persons: $782
  • Five Persons: $929
  • Six Persons: $1,114
  • Seven Persons: $1,232
  • Eight Persons: $1,408

Eligible families do not need to re-apply to receive the additional benefits. People who receive food assistance can check their benefits balance on their Michigan Bridge Card by going online to or by calling a customer service representative toll-free at 888-678-8914. They can ask questions about the additional benefits by calling or emailing their caseworker.

Customer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Spanish and Arabic service is available. If you are deaf, deafblind, or hard of hearing or speech-impaired, call the Michigan Relay Center at 7-1-1.

Information around the COVID-19 outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and

Gov. Whitmer: President Biden’s Strong Administrative Actions will Save Lives

Gov. Whitmer: President Biden’s Strong Administrative Actions will Save Lives

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January 20, 2021

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Gov. Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Gilchrist: President Biden’s Strong Administrative Actions will Save Lives, Create a More Equitable America


LANSING, Mich. — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II released the following statements after President Biden took bold administrative action on his first day in office to implement a national strategy to end the COVID-19 pandemic, fight climate change, and advance racial equity:


“On his first day in office, President Biden has made it clear that he is committed to ending the COVID-19 pandemic once and for all and building a stronger, more sustainable nation for future generations,” said Governor Whitmer. “President Biden’s action to urge Americans everywhere to do their part and mask up and launch a coordinated national response to the pandemic will undoubtedly save lives and put us on track to defeat our common enemy: COVID-19. And President Biden knows that the health of our people is inextricably linked with the health of our climate. His swift action to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement and combat climate change will ensure a safer planet for our kids, grandkids, and generations to come. President Biden’s message is clear: we must all join forces to end the pandemic, save lives, and build back our country better. Let’s get to work.”


“President Joe Biden is making good on his promise to be a president for all Americans, not just in title, but by his words and his actions,” Lt. Governor Gilchrist said. “By taking strong action to provide the relief that so many people need in this moment, we can keep alive the hopes and dreams of so many during these difficult times. I applaud President Joe Biden for immediately extending the eviction and foreclosure moratorium to keep families in their homes; expanding the student loan pause to give individuals the financial freedom to get on their feet; and following through on his promise to root out systemic racism, lift the Muslim travel ban, and make America a more welcoming place. Through his leadership and executive actions, Americans can rest assured that they will no longer be forced to face our generation’s greatest challenges alone. As President Joe Biden said, we will get through this together.”


Orion Township Board of Trustees Meeting of Jan. 19, 2021

Orion Township Board of Trustees Meeting of Jan. 19, 2021