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Vaccines Are Not Just For Kids

All adults should get vaccinated to protect their health. Immunizations are especially important for older adults and for those with lung diseases, diabetes, or heart disease. Immunizations are also important for anyone in close contact with elders or babies. Safeguard your community by getting vaccines.

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12th Annual Direct Service Tribes National Meeting

"Partners in Progress"

The IHS Direct Service Tribes Advisory Committee will be hosting the 2015 IHS Direct Service Tribes National Meeting to be held August 26-27 at the High Country Conference Center (NAU) in Flagstaff, AZ.

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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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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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