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#WorldHepatitisDay is July 28

Getting tested for hepatitis can help you learn if you are infected, so you can access available lifesaving care and treatment. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver often caused by a virus. There are vaccinations and effective treatments for some types of hepatitis. It is important to know your status because many people do not know they have the virus. If you were born between 1945 and 1965, get tested for Hepatitis C today.

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I got a Group B Strep test-have you?

Getting a Group B Strep test during pregnancy can help keep your newborn baby safe from serious health problems. Group B Strep is an infection that can easily pass from a mother to her baby when the baby is born. Protect the smallest members of your family by reminding your sisters, granddaughters, and nieces to get a Group B Strep test during every pregnancy.

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Join Us July 27 To Discuss LGBT Health Issues

IHS is hosting a public meeting on the health issues of American Indian and Alaska Native lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Join us on July 27, so that IHS can implement health care delivery changes to advance the health care needs of these communities. The meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at IHS Headquarters, 801 Thompson Avenue in Rockville, Maryland. RSVP is requested.

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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Children and adolescents can get arthritis, too. It happens when their immune system affects their joints and is called juvenile arthritis. Early signs of juvenile arthritis may be noticed by parents and grandparents as swollen joints, fever, or sudden rash and often are mistaken for normal problems of childhood. But, juvenile arthritis is more serious than that. Ask your child's doctor about juvenile arthritis to learn more.

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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.

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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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