Indian Health Service The Federal Health Program for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Indian Health Service Updates Regarding Health Care Programs at Nooksack
The Indian Health Service will reassume health care programs operated by the Nooksack Indian Tribe. This means that IHS is reassuming programs, functions, services and activities operated by the Nooksack Tribe.
Nooksack Medicaid patients in need of medical transportation, may contact Mercy Transportation at (425) 347-4700 or 1-877-916-3729 (toll free).
Mercy Transportation provides supported mobility transportation throughout western Washington. Mercy Transportation accepts Medicaid, DSHS, L & I, Visa, MasterCard and American Express and can bill your private insurance carrier with a pre-authorization letter. For more information: Mercy Transportation
As a follow up to the two community meetings held on May 31 in Bellingham, Wash., attendees requested online access to the IHS Application for Health Care Services [PDF - 139 KB] form. Completion and submission of this form will allow IHS to create a health record for Nooksack tribal members and descendants eligible to receive direct care services through the IHS and to assist them in receiving those services. The completed form should be mailed to: Portland Area Indian Health Service - PRC Program, 1414 NW Northrup Street, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97209.
Please read the June 9 letter from IHS Portland Area Director to Nooksack tribal members [PDF - 122 KB] and Frequently Asked Questions [PDF - 41 KB] that have been received.
American Indians and Alaska Natives who are eligible for health care through Medicare or Medicaid are encouraged to seek care from the Sea Mar Bellingham Medical Clinic at 4455 Cordata Parkway in Bellingham, WA, located 13 miles from the tribe's current health center. Sea Mar Bellingham can be reached at 360-671-3225.
The second location is the Sea Mar Everson Medical Clinic at 6884 Hannegan Road, Everson, WA, located 5 miles from the tribe’s current health center. Sea Mar Everson can be reached at 360-354-0766.
Patients who do not have medical insurance, Medicare or Medicaid may seek medical care at their nearest tribal facility. Contact IHS Portland Area Office, Purchase/Referred Care representative, Peggy Ollgaard at 503-414-5598 before seeking care from a provider. If you have a medical emergency, please dial 911.
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IHS will provide updates as additional information becomes available.
Overseeing the delivery of Health Care to Native American people in the Northwest
The Portland Area Indian Health Service provides access to health care for an estimated 150,000 American Indian/Alaska Native residents of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Health delivery services are provided by a mix of health centers, health stations, preventative health programs and urban programs. Health centers provide a wide range of clinical services and are open 40 hours each week. Health stations provide a limited range of clinical services and usually operate less than 40 hours per week. Preventive programs offer counselor and referral services.
The Portland Area Indian Health Service operates six Federal health facilities in five Tribal communities and one at Chemawa Indian School. Tribes operate health facilities under the authority of the Indian Self-determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93-638, as amended), Titles 1 and V. Twenty-three Tribes have Title V compacts and there are twenty-four Tribes or Tribal organizations that contract under Title 1. Overall, Tribes administer more than 74% of the Portland Area budget authority appropriation through Self-Determination contracts or Self-Governance compacts. There are also three Urban programs with services ranging from community health to comprehensive primary health care services.