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March 2015 Blogs

Posted on Mar 16, 2015

American Indians and Alaska Natives: How to Use Your New Health Insurance

Repost from the White House blogExit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov
By Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H., Senior Advisor to the Secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Since many American Indians and Alaska Natives have used the Indian Health Service all their lives for health care, using health insurance can be an unfamiliar challenge. You can still use it when you visit IHS, and you can use it to access health services with other providers and facilities.

If you now have access to health insurance, through the Affordable Care Act, your job or your Tribe, using your coverage for the first time can be confusing. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the Department of Health and Human Services has developed a great brochure entitled "From Coverage to Care" and has even developed a Tribal version of this document that:

  • Contains information and tips on how to understand and use your health insurance
  • Serves as a very helpful roadmap with suggestions on how to choose providers and how to prepare for your health care appointment
  • And is also tailored to provide you information on special benefits and resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives

For more information, go to www.healthcare.gov Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov or https://marketplace.cms.gov/outreach-and-education/special-populations.html Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov.


Posted on Mar 6, 2015

CSC Update

Please see the Contract Support Costs Proposal in the FY 2016 President’s Budget [PDF-161KB] slides presented on today’s IHS All Tribes Call.