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Celebrate Earth Day on April 22

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by starting conversations about sustainability, water conservation, and waste reduction. Every individual can do their part in caring for the environment. A few Green Tips to consider are turning off the water while brushing your teeth, washing clothes in cold water, and unplugging appliances while not in use. Access the links below for more Green Tips and information on sustainability.


April is National Cancer Control Month!

Cancer prevention awareness is instrumental to reducing your risk for cancer. You can reduce your risk by getting screened, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, living a smoke-free life, and limiting your alcohol intake and sun exposure. Detecting cancer early gives patients the best chance for successful treatment. Speak to your physician today about regular screenings for cancer.


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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