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The time to start thinking about health insurance options is NOW!

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

Did you know? There are over 13,000 uninsured individuals across the Thumb region. If you or someone you know needs health insurance, the time to start thinking about options is now! The Thumb Community Health Partnership (TCHP) wants to help. Understanding options and how to apply can be difficult. TCHP Health Insurance Navigators can show you the way! Certified navigators are trained to help you understand your options for health insurance.

Open Enrollment begins November 1, 2023, and ends January 15, 2024. plans include companies such as Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Priority Health. Many plans are very low cost. If you can’t afford plans at, you may qualify for Medicaid. Navigators can also help with Medicaid applications. They can also help you find resources and services in the community.

Having health insurance helps make sure you can get the health care you need to stay healthy.

Don’t wait, call a TCHP Navigator today!

· Kari Granz, Thumb Community Health Partnership, 810-895-2918

· Trish VanNorman, Harbor Beach Community Hospital, 989-712-0203

· Alecia Parks, McKenzie Health Systems, 810-648-0580

· Diane McFarland, Hills and Dales Healthcare, 989-912-6327

· Alyssa Fabyan, List Psychological Services, 989-672-6160 ext 104

· Kim Vermeersch, Scheurer Health, 989-453-7301 ext 5011

· Barb Dufty, Scheurer Health, 989-453-7301 ext 5018

· Colby Bundy, Tuscola Behavioral Health Systems, 989-673-6191

· Nicole Bannister, Sanilac County Health Department, 810-648-4098 ext. 110

With access to several navigators across the Thumb, now is the time to learn about the health insurance options that are available to you at low or no cost! TCHP Navigators can help you understand insurance benefits and clear up confusing healthcare terms like “deductibles” or “out of pocket expenses.” Check out our website at for more information!

The Thumb Community Health Partnership has twenty-nine partner organizations including hospitals, health departments, community mental health agencies and a variety of area health and human service organizations. The Partnership’s goal is to work cooperatively together to meet the physical and mental health needs of residents of Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties. To meet those health needs, access to affordable health insurance and care is key for our rural communities!

Get connected with a local Navigator today! For more information on whether you qualify for coverage or information about the partnership, visit or call Kari Granz, the TCHP navigator, at 810-895-2918. Funding for this project is provided by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services through a subcontract with ACCESS of Dearborn.


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