ACA Special Enrollment Periods and Exemption Options
Although open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace ended on February 15th, members of federally recognized tribes and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Corporation shareholders can enroll in Marketplace coverage any time of year. The health care law requires all people to have minimum essential coverage or pay a fee. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and people eligible for services through IHS, tribal programs, or urban Indian health programs can get an exemption to the fee by applying through the Marketplace or when filing their federal income tax return.
- To enroll today, visit Healthcare.gov . For more information on how the Affordable Care Act impacts Indian Country, visit the IHS ACA website.
February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month!
Relationships should be healthy and supportive. This month is an ideal time to learn how to recognize and avoid unhealthy relationships. One in three teenagers will experience some form of abuse in their dating relationships. Use the resource links below to learn the warning signs of an abusive relationship.
- Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
- Dating Basics: Is My Relationship Healthy?
- Break the Cycle: Empowering Youth to End Domestic Violence
President's Fiscal Year 2016 Budget Proposal
The President's Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposes $20.9 billion, a $1.5 billion (8%) increase over the 2015 enacted level, across a wide range of federal programs that serve Tribes including education, social services, justice, health, infrastructure, and stewardship of land, water, and other natural resources.Next
February is American Heart Month
Heart disease is a serious health condition, but it is also preventable and controllable. It affects American Indian and Alaska Native populations in high numbers and is the leading cause of death. The Indian Health Service offers information on lifestyle changes that will help you avoid heart disease so you can live a long and healthy life.
- CDC features American Heart Month
- “From Heart Problems to Heart Health” - Printable materials
- Visit the Division of Diabetes Treatment and Prevention for more info
All 13 IHS Obstetric Hospitals are Designated as Baby-Friendly!
The Indian Health Service (IHS) is pleased to announce that all 13 of its obstetric facilities have achieved the prestigious Baby-Friendly® Hospital designation. Baby-Friendly® hospitals offer new mothers the information, confidence, and skills they need to initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies. Breastfeeding initiation rates at most of these IHS facilities are consistently in the 90th percentile, and exclusive breastfeeding rates have continued to climb. Breastfed children have reduced rates of childhood obesity, diabetes, allergies, and asthma.Next
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