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Frequently Asked Questions

What is MIChild?
MIChild is a health insurance program.  It is for uninsured children of Michigan's working families.  MIChild services are provided by many HMOs and other health care plans throughout Michigan.

What does MIChild cover?
MIChild covers:

  • Regular checkups
  • Shots
  • Emergency care
  • Dental care
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital care
  • Prenatal care and delivery
  • Vision and hearing
  • Mental health and substance abuse services

How much does MIChild cost?
If your child qualifies, you pay a monthly premium of only $10. Even if you have more than one child, you pay only $10 a month. This may sound too good to be true, but it really is only $10 a month per family. There are no co-pays and no deductibles.

How can I get MIChild?
Call the Department of Human Services (DHS) at (269) 337-4900 for an application.

  • Be citizens of the U.S. (some legal immigrants qualify)
  • Live in Michigan, even for a short time
  • Be under 19 years old
  • Have no health insurance
  • Live in a family with monthly income under:
    $ 1,800 for a family of two
    $ 2,300 for a family of three
    $ 2,800 for a family of four
    $ 3,200 for a family of five

Although your income or family size may not fit into one of these categories, your children may still qualify for MIChild health insurance based on other family circumstances. Call DHS at (269) 337-4900 for an application.

How long does it take to process the application?
It will take 5 - 45 days to process your application, if you are approved or not.

How To Contact Us:

Department of Human Services
322 Stockbridge
Kalamazoo MI 49001
Phone: (269) 337-4900

Michigan Department of Community Health
Toll-Free: 1-888-988-6300

Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services is committed to providing equitable, culturally competent care to all individuals served, regardless of race, age, sex, color, national origin, religion, height, weight, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

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