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IHS Addresses Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Health Issues

IHS hosted a public meeting on the health issues of American Indian and Alaska Native LGBT communities on July 27. Attendees discussed IHS health care delivery changes necessary to improve the health care needs of LGBT communities. Read our blog on this important conversation.

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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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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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