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Medicare Open Enrollment

American Indian and Alaska Native elders can enroll in Medicare now through December 7, 2016. Encourage your elders to take advantage of the Medicare open enrollment period to learn about the coverage and benefits offered to them. Also, open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace begins on November 1, 2016.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion or nationality. Forty-five percent of American Indian and Alaska Native women have experienced intimate partner violence, and one in seven Native men are a victim of intimate partner violence. IHS has issued its first policy on Intimate Partner Violence which outlines increased access to care and how we can respond effectively to domestic violence.


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Indigenous Pink Day is a national breast cancer awareness campaign focused on American Indians and Alaska Natives. We invite men and women of all ages to wear pink and share photos on social media using the hashtag #IndigenousPink to spread awareness of breast cancer. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death, and the most common cancer found in American Indian and Alaska Native women.


Quality Health Care at IHS

Our patients are our first priority. The IHS Quality Framework aims to develop, implement and sustain an effective quality program that improves patient experience and outcomes; strengthens organizational capacity and ensures the delivery of reliable, high quality health care for IHS direct service facilities.


IHS is a leader in Telehealth

Telehealth uses electronic communication to provide health care, with patient appointments provided remotely. A nurse or assistant in the room with the patient often supplements telehealth consultations with specialists. IHS finds telehealth is one of the best ways to get health care services where they are needed most.


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