Enbridge gives $60K grant to MCAC

FROM LEFT, EMMA Cook of Enbridge Inc. presents a $60,000 grant Wednesday to Mylynn Trulock, director of the Medical Care Access Coalition of Dickinson County, and Lola Johnson, MCAC board president. (Theresa Proudfit/Daily News photo)

IRON MOUNTAIN — Canadian energy transportation company Enbridge Inc. has awarded the Medical Care Access Coalition of Dickinson County a $60,000 Community Investment Grant that will support MCAC’s efforts to help area residents with prescription and health care expenses.

The grant was presented Wednesday afternoon at the MCAC’s Iron Mountain office in the Crystal Lake Community Center-YMCA, Suite 102, 800 Crystal Lake Blvd.

MCAC is a community resource that helps people obtain free essential medications through pharmaceutical and other discount drug programs.

For example, the coalition may step in to obtain insulin for clients in need who can’t afford the diabetes treatment, sometimes purchasing the hormone outright, an MCAC employee said.

In 2019, the MCAC was able to obtain $1.2 million in free medications for clients who might otherwise have gone without, putting their health at risk. MCAC operates with a small office staff along with a group of dedicated volunteers.

In addition, MCAC staff also are trained as free Medicare and Medicaid counselors, as well as certified application counselors for the Health Insurance Marketplace. In 2019, MCAC was able provide these services to more than 1,400 Upper Peninsula residents.

“After MCAC lost significant funding in 2018, the program was left in dire financial jeopardy. We are continuing to seek ongoing funding for this vital program and feel truly blessed to have such a strong partner like Enbridge,” said Mylynn Trulock, executive director.

Based in Calgary, Alberta, Enbridge Inc. delivers an average of 2.9 million barrels of crude oil each day through its mainline and express pipeline, and accounts for nearly 65 percent of U.S.-bound Canadian crude oil production, and moves approximately 20 percent of all natural gas consumed in the U.S. For more information, go to www.enbridge.com.

The Dickinson/Iron Medical Care Access Coalition (DIMCAC) is a non-profit 501c (3) organization that serves the Dickinson County and Iron County areas as a community resource. Our program has staff in both counties who are trained to assist residents in applying for Medical Assistance in the State of Michigan.If you are interested in applying for Medicaid or Healthy Michigan, the chart below illustrates eligibility. If your household income falls under the guidelines below, you may qualify for coverage through the State of Michigan.

Our staff is also trained to assist residents and small business owners with enrolling into health insurance plans that are offered through the Federal Marketplace that can be found on www.healthcare.gov.If you are a small business owner that is interested in offering a health plan for your employees or if you are an individual that would like to get connected to a Marketplace Insurance Health Plan for yourself or your family, please call the DIMCAC office to see how one of our Certified Navigators can help you. Our services are free of charge but we appreciate appointments.

MCAC staff are Certified Medicare Counselors. We are MMAP Counselors which stands for Michigan Medicare/Medicaid Assistance Program. Let us help you with your Medicare questions and/or let us screen you for financial assistance programs available.

We also have a “help fund” in which we assist residents with medical, dental and vision services not covered by insurance or any other entity. Contact DIMCAC to fill out an application and see if you qualify! Our “help fund” is partially funded by the United Way of Dickinson County!

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