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The MidJim St. Ignace has been opened for inside sales and is reopening for gas sales on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, but our parking lot will not be finished for about two weeks.

What this means to our customers is that from Monday, Oct. 12 to about Monday, Oct. 26, either the north or south end of the parking lot will be blocked off so that the parking lot can be paved. Our customers must pull into a pump and when they are done with their transaction, back out from that pump. The Shell gas station located at 98 W. US Hwy 2 will be available to give discounts on gasoline and diesel during the paving portion of our construction, as well.

We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers. Thank you, in advance, for your patience and patronage during this time.


The Marketplace open enrollment for 2016 is a little under a month away, which means that navigators, in-person assisters (IPAs) and certified application counselors (CACs) are preparing for another season of helping uninsured and underinsured residents throughout the state of Michigan apply for health plans through the Marketplace. The 2016 Open Enrollment Period starts on Nov. 1, 2015, and runs through Jan. 31, 2016. During Open Enrollment, you can meet with assistors to discuss healthcare coverage options through the Federal Marketplace.

The Community Health Access Coalition (CHAC) and Sault Tribe Health Center have trained staff available to assist the community with understanding their healthcare coverage options. CHAC's Navigators and Sault Tribe Health Center's certified application counselors (CACs) are part of the Health and Human Services (HHS)-trained and certified assister organizations. Navigators and CACs conduct federal Marketplace, Medicaid outreach, education and enrollment, as well as health insurance counseling for uninsured and vulnerable individuals and families.

CHAC and Sault Tribe have partnered to bring an enrollment event to Sault Ste. Marie on Monday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Sault Tribe Health Center. To secure a specific time, call 906-635-7483 and schedule an appointment or discuss additional dates and times; walk-ins welcome the day of the event.

The Affordable Care Act helps make health insurance coverage more affordable and accessible for millions of Americans. For American Indians and Alaska Natives, the law addresses inequities and increases access to quality, affordable health coverage, invests in prevention and wellness, and gives American Indian and Alaska Native individuals and families more control over their care. The Affordable Care Act provides over 500,000 uninsured American Indians and Alaska Natives an opportunity to get affordable health insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. As many as nine out of 10 of those may qualify for financial assistance either through tax credits to purchase coverage in the Marketplace, cost-sharing reductions that will reduce or eliminate out of pocket costs, or through Medicaid.

American Indians and Alaska Natives are eligible to purchase coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace is a destination where consumers can compare health insurance options in simple, easy-to-understand language. At the Marketplace, consumers are able to compare insurance options based on price, benefits, quality and other factors with a clear picture of premiums and cost-sharing amounts to help them choose the insurance that best fits their needs.

To learn more about the Health Insurance Marketplace, please visit: www.HealthCare.gov or contact your local assistors – CHAC at 635-7483 or Sault Tribe Health Center at 632-5200 to schedule an appointment.

Andrea M. Osborn
Community Health Access Coalition (CHAC)

The tribe is currently out of quota for "Other Tobacco Products." We apologize for this inconvenience and will resume discounts on Jan. 1, 2016.

The Sugar Island Powwow Committee hosts a community fish fry featuring local musicians and talent on Friday, Oct. 9. Doors open at 6 p.m. music starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Niigaanagiizhik Ceremonial Building, 11 Ice Circle Dr. in Sault Ste. Marie. Fish type to be determined. Cost: $8 per person at the door and ages 7 and under eat for free.

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, 4-7 p.m., a Manistique Fall Health Enrichment Gathering will be held at the Manistique tribal Community Room, 5698W US Hwy 2, featuring a local and traditional potluck feast. There will be many share and learn opportunities — seasonal traditional presentation, traditional healer presentation, drum and dance presentation activity and information on "Native Plate" and Sault Tribe services. Call Gail for more information, 906-341-9525.

Manistique Fall Enrichment Gathering and Feast.pdf

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