Louise Blasius Receives Federal Certification as Marketplace Navigator

Sanilac County, Mich. – If you don’t have health insurance, you could be missing out. There are many low cost or free health insurance options for people of various incomes. For many, health insurance means access to preventive health care services. It allows your doctor to catch a health problem early. It can even help you avoid having to pay high medical bills.

Amy Ruedisueli, Chief Financial Officer for McKenzie Health System, is pleased to announce that Louise Blasius, Director of Human Services, has become a federally certified Marketplace Navigator. She is certified to assist consumers in understanding new programs, taking advantage of consumer protections, and navigating the health insurance system to find the most affordable coverage that meets the consumer’s needs. This means that Blasius can now help individuals and small businesses find coverage through the Marketplace as well as help people get coverage through Medicare and Medicaid. Since 2017, Louise has been a trained Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program counselor through Region VII Area Agency on Aging. She looks forward to this expanding role and increasing access to health insurance and health services for ALL individuals. If you need help getting insurance, call the McKenzie Navigator, Louise Blasius, at 810-648-6181.

Funding for Navigator services was made possible by The Thumb Community Health Partnership (TCHP). The TCHP is composed of the hospitals, health departments, community mental health agencies, and a variety of area private-not-for-profit organizations. The Partnership’s goal is to work cooperatively together to meet the health needs, both physical and mental, of the residents of Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, and Tuscola Counties. A recent grant award will fund seven navigators throughout the region. For more information on the Partnership, visit www.thumbhealth.org or call Kari Granz, the TCHP Program Coordinator, at 810-895-2918.