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Affordable Care Act

In March 2010, President Obama signed comprehensive health reform, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), into law. The law makes preventive care—including family planning and related services—more accessible and affordable for many Americans.  This page will house information, links, documents, and resources about the ACA and will be updated frequently.

California Area IHS Newsletter April 2014 (PDF)

In this issue: Director’s Message: Affordable Care Act; Traditional Food: Seaweed; Stop the Spread of Germs and Avoid Illnesses: Wash Your Hands!; Measles: Why is this Vaccine Preventable Disease Still Circulating?; Good News Supporting Healthy Lifestyles; Drought Preparation—Conserving Water in Your Home; Linking Poor Oral Health to Poor General Health

California Area IHS Newsletter July 2014 (PDF)

In this issue: Director’s Message: Technology-RPMS Electronic Health Record; Alcohol Awareness; Sports Should Include Mouth Guards; Myths and Facts about Diabetes; Making Sense of Sunscreen; Hay Fever; Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Dental Resources for Patients

Your Oral Health:  Articles addressing a number of oral health topics.

Eligibility Statement


Find out if you are eligible to receive services at a tribal or urban Indian health facility;

The answer to what are "Contract Health Services" (CHS);

and more.

Health Programs

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More Patient Resources
Newsletters For Patients

These newsletters include articles on health and safety that serve to improve awareness of health as well as injury and disease prevention among the American Indian patient population.

Patient Newsletter - Fall 2015, Vol.7, Issue 4 (PDF)

In this issue: Breast Cancer Awareness; Can Stress Cause Hair Loss?; Staying Healthy as the Season's Change; Influenza; Fall and Festive; Tobacco Misuse & Quitting Smoking

The Walking Revolution, a Documentary Film

Released by Every Body Walk!, this documentary explores how the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other has significant health and environmental benefits.

Veterans Administration Reimbursement to Tribal Facilities Healthcare (PDF)
YRTC Network

The Youth Regional Treatment Center (YRTC) Network provides inpatient substance abuse and alcohol treatment to eligible American Indian and Alaska Native youth.