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March 30, 2017

NEW! NIHB Training Video: AI/ANs in the Marketplace-ACA 101

NIHB has just put up a new training video for your viewing. This is a training provided to an Assister organization on the different provisions for AI/ANs  in the marketplace!


October 28, 2016

NIHB To Host Webinar November 3rd– Reaching Our Native Young Invincibles: Open Enrollment 2017– Join Us!

According to CMS, Young adults have the highest rate of uninsured of any age group. About 30% of young adults are uninsured. This population of individuals is often referred to as the “Young Invincibles.” 

To bring in the 2017 Open Enrollment period, the National Indian Health Board is partnering with University of Arizona’s, Center for Rural Health to discuss best practices for reaching the Native Youth in our communities who are lacking health coverage.
Topic: Reaching Our Native Young Invincibles: Open Enrollment 2017 Time: Thursday, November 3, 2016 3:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time (New York, GMT-04:00)

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October 25, 2016

Review Your Health Coverage, Indian Country!

It is critical that you take the time to review and understand your current health care coverage and what it means for the coming year.

The Open Enrollment period for the healthcare marketplace starts next Tuesday, the 1st of November and continues until January 31st 2017. Members of a federally recognized Tribe and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Shareholders can enroll in Marketplace coverage any time of the year. For American Indians and Alaska Natives who sign up through the Marketplace, there is no limited enrollment period and AI/ANs are able to change plans as often as once a month. However, we still strongly encourage individuals to consider the open enrollment period as the ideal time for evaluating current coverage, comparing the health coverage options available, and making adjustments as needed.

Additionally, note December 15th, 2016 as an important date in the open enrollment timeline. If you are making changes to your current coverage, switching plans, or enrolling in coverage you must make these changes before December 15th to have them become effective by January 1ST!

Important Dates on the Marketplace:

  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts – first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
  • January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans monthly.

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October 13, 2016

Attention Indian Country: Open enrollment for the Medicare program starts October 15th and closes December 7th!

Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year; costs, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in network. October 15th to December 7th is the time when you can change your Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year!

You may qualify for Medicare if:

  • You are 65 or Older
  • Under 65 but disabled as determined by the Social Security Administration
  • Any age with End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD); permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant.

For more information about the Medicare programs and coverage, visit your local Indian Health Care Provider. Or, visit the Social Security office at, call at 1-800-7772-1213.

Furthermore, in partnership with the Indian Health Service, the National Indian Health Board is releasing new content; The Enrollment Assistor Toolkit. This toolkit will help Enrollment Assistors with their work across Indian Country of educating and enrolling Tribal members into health coverage through the Marketplace, Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

September 30, 2016

ATTENTION: IHS and NIHB Announces Release of New Affordable Care Act Toolkit for Native Youth

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