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Email - IHS Director's Blog: IHS is Preparing for Affordable Care Act Implementation

From: Coleman, Travis (IHS/CAL)
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2013 5:22 PM
To: CAO Tribal Leaders; CATAC; CAO Board_Committee_Workgroup; CAO Program Directors
Cc: Kerrigan, Margo (IHS/CAL); CAO EXEC STAFF; Celli, Mona (IHS/CAL)
Subject: Acting IHS Director's Blog on August 22, 2013. IHS and ACA implementation

IHS is Preparing for Affordable Care Act Implementation
Posted on Aug 22, 2013

Please see the press release we posted today. A few weeks ago, we held our annual Indian Health Partnerships Conference in Denver, Colorado, to train key health system staff on Affordable Care Act implementation requirements, including the new Health Insurance Marketplace, and the impact on the provision of health care services to American Indian and Alaska Native people.

The Indian Health Partnerships Conference provided an opportunity to encourage both members of tribal communities and health care professionals working with tribal communities to educate others about important new opportunities for coverage. Sessions topics included Affordable Care Act updates, enrollment, referral and billing information, Medicaid updates and an overview of the IHS and Department of Veterans Affairs billing process for federal facilities. Attendees also learned about Medicaid expansion and the specific Affordable Care Act provisions that impact American Indians and Alaska Natives. The presentations are available at the 2013 Partnerships Conference site.

Travis A. Coleman
Indian Health Service, California Area Office