Health Care 4 You: Getting Your Questions Answered

Local 4 provides experts to address your concerns about plans offered under the Affordable Care Act


DETROIT – Beginning Tuesday the Health Insurance Marketplace will list the plans available under the Affordable Care Act.

Americans who are uninsured or who do not get their health insurance through an employer will be able to price and compare the plans online.

Local 4 knows people might have a lot of questions and wants to provide you a resource to get those questions answers.

Monday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. the Local 4 phone bank will be open to take calls.   We will also have a web chat during that same time period on ClickOnDetroit.com.

The following agencies have provided experts to answer your questions.


Andrew Farmer   
Associate State Director
Health & Supportive Services AARP Michigan


Madiha Tariq, MPH
Affordable Healthcare Education & Enrollment Initiative

Nancy Berry, MPH
Program Engagement Assistant
Affordable Healthcare Education & Enrollment Initiative

Whitney Litzner, MPH
Outreach & Enrollment Specialist
Affordable Healthcare Education & Enrollment Initiative

American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast Michigan, Inc.:

Ashley Tuomi
Executive Director

Chasity Dial
Operations Director

Jennifer Pipes
Benefits Coordinator

Community Bridges Management Inc.:

Chae Williams
Certified Navigator
Community Bridges serves Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Genesee counties.

Health Alliance Plan:

Chris Johnston
Associate Vice President
New Business and Consumer Solutions

Stewart Smith
Operational Solutions and Training Team

Sherry Little
Small Business Solutions Unit

Claudia Swink
Individual Product Performance and Oversight

Lori Rund
Vice President
Product Management and Market Intelligence

Joel Keiper
Vice President
Corporate Strategic Planning

Michigan Consumers for Healthcare:

Chelsea Lewis
Social Media Coordinator

Steven Hernandez
Southeast Michigan Coordinator and Fund Development Officer

Brett Williams
Mid-Michigan Regional Coordinator

According to healthcare.gov in every state, people are being trained and certified to help people understand their options in the online marketplace.   They will be referred to as Navigators, Application Assisters, Certified Application Counselors and Government Agencies.  Insurance agents and brokers can also help consumers. According to the Michigan Department of Community Health, four groups have been awarded grants to provide assistance in Michigan.   They are the agencies Michigan residents should contact for assistance.

Michigan Consumers for Healthcare
(517) 512-3141

American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeast Michigan, Inc.
(313) 846-3718

Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services

Community Bridges Management Inc.

Community Bridges serves Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Genesee counties.

HAP is also assisting with our phone bank and web chat.

They can be reached at 855-WITH-HAP

You can also see who is available to help at Visit LocalHelp.HealthCare.gov

Special Section: Health Care Reform