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LANSING - A coalition of Michigan hospitals, urban school districts and community-based health centers has launched Enroll Michigan, a campaign to enroll eligible children in the state’s low-cost and free health insurance programs known as MIChild and Healthy Kids.

It is estimated nearly 90 percent of Michigan’s 172,000 uninsured children are eligible for one of the programs, but have not enrolled for reasons including language barriers, lack of transportation or means of communication, and unawareness of eligibility and/or how to join.

While most of those children live in urban areas downstate, many children in the U.P. are eligible as well.

“These programs are a great opportunity for youth, even in our area,” said Jim Bogan, CEO and president of Portage Health. “Our children need proper healthcare, these programs make that a possibility for many of our youth.”

The Michigan Primary Care Association has set up a simplified online and telephone enrollment process to assist in registering children. To find out if a child in your life is eligible, or for more information, call 2-1-1 or e-mail

If you refer a child to one of the programs a $10 gift card is available. Visit to learn more about the referral bonus.

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