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Physical Fitness and Sports Month

May is dedicated to physical fitness and sports. Being active provides many benefits to people of all ages, including more restful sleep and reducing risk of chronic diseases. Just 30 minutes a day for adults and 60 minutes a day for children will help improve wellness. Getting children involved at a young age sets their path for better overall health, but it's never too late to get out and get active!


Mental Health Month: B4Stage4!

May is Mental Health Month. The theme B4Stage4 encourages us to learn to recognize the symptoms of mental illnesses before they reach "Stage 4." This is a great time for you and your loved ones to get a screening as part of preventive health care services. Early identification makes a big difference in treatment, management, and recovery.


May 17 to 23 is National Emergency Medical Services Week!

This week we celebrate the dedicated service of the men and women who provide lifesaving emergency care in our tribal communities. People's lives often depend on the quick thinking and competent care of emergency medical technicians and paramedics. This week is a great opportunity to thank the many dedicated emergency response professionals who provide critical services throughout Indian Country, often in remote areas and under harsh conditions.


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.


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.


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