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January 12, 2016

ACA Open Enrollment for Native People – January 21, 2016, Oklahoma City, OK


December 1, 2015

Reminder: Tuesday, December 8th is the next National Tribal Day of Action!

IHS Areas, Area Indian Health Boards, Tribes, and national and regional organizations are encouraged to participate. Recently at a national Tribal health conference, HHS Secretary Burwell challenged every Tribe to host an enrollment event. This open enrollment period is a great time to get involved in this important effort! You can volunteer to host an enrollment event, set up an information table at a community gathering or simply talk with your family and friends about the importance of being covered. Share the CMS AI/AN ACA materials with your community-you can download and print the materials, or order straight from the agency.  The National Indian Health Outreach and Education partners have released an enrollment toolkit.

Question and Answer Session on Assisting American Indians/Alaska Natives in Applying to the Marketplace and Medicaid

When: Biweekly, Tuesdays, from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, next call will be December 8th

Call in number: 888-455-5637

Participant Passcode: 3456837

Adobe Connect Link:

Room Passcode:  ihs123 

Purpose:  The Q&A session is an opportunity to ask questions and share your experience in helping AI/ANs apply to the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid. 

Who should participate?  The Q&A session is for patient registration staff, patient benefits coordinators, application counselors, health information management consultants, and other business office and purchased/referred care staff that assist patients with health benefits coverage.

If you have any questions, please send an email to [email protected] or call Raho Ortiz, Director, Division of Business Office Enhancement at 301-443- 1016

November 19, 2015

Week of November 16th: LGBT Week of Action, Native American Week of Action, Rural Health Week of Action

Key Dates

o   National Rural Health Day (11/19)

o   Transgender Day of Remembrance (11/20)

o   White House and HHS Events and Activities

o   Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 3pm EST: CMS and the Partnership Center Webinar: Affordable Care Act 101 for Individuals and Families 

Register for the webinar here

 This presentation will discuss what is the Affordable Care Act and the Health Insurance Marketplace, how to enroll in the Marketplace, key websites and resources on the law. How to re-enroll in the Marketplace will also be discussed. Open enrollment in the Marketplace began on November 1, 2015 with coverage beginning as early as January 1, 2016. Open enrollment ends on January 31, 2016. Questions will be answered at the end of the webinar.

 Stakeholder Events

o   Tuesday, November 17, 2015: Education & Enrollment
Starr County Self-help Center
Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar, Rio Grande City, TX – hosted by NCLR

o   Friday, November 20, 2015
Latino Enrollment event – Centro Comunitario Lasara (Lasara, TX-Condado Willacy) hosted by the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health Texas Latina Action Network 

o   Saturday, November 21, 2015: Education
Project SHINE: Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Brown Middle School, McAllen, TX – hosted by NCLR

November 16, 2015

Affordable Care Act National Tribal Week of Action! November 16 –20, 2015

Join the National Indian Health Board, Indian Health Service, National Congress of American Indians, National Council on Urban Indian Health, and tribal leaders across Indian country for the Affordable Care Act National Tribal Week of Action from Monday, November 16 to Friday, November 20, 2015.  This week all American Indians and Alaska Natives are encouraged to learn more about the health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act.  Many I.H.S., Tribal and urban Indian clinics will also be hosting outreach, education and enrollment events.  Make sure to tell your family, friends and community members about the Affordable Care Act so that everyone is afforded the opportunity to improve their health.

 If your I.H.S., tribal or urban Indian clinic is hosting an event this week, please share your experiences with us and the rest of Indian country.  Please take photos of your positive experiences and post to the Tribal Health Care Facebook [] and twitter [].

Here are a few tools to help you get the message out about the Affordable Care Act:

Communication to Membership:

We have provided a template that tribal leaders, health professionals and stakeholders can use to communicate with tribal members about the ways the Affordable Care Act can benefit your community.  This template is intended to be e-mailed to tribal membership, placed in tribal publications, or handed out at your enrollment events.  Four templates are available: 

Social Media Posts

We have provided a post for each day of this week with memes (see below and attached) to post to your social media site.

More information about the Affordable Care Act can be found at and  Like Tribalhealthcare [] on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @TribalHlthcare [] to stay up-to-date on the ACA in Indian Country!  

Please contact Dawn Coley at [email protected] or 202-507-4078 for more information.  

October 30, 2015

Preview your options for 2016 coverage

Good news! Before Open Enrollment begins on November 1, we’re giving consumers like you the opportunity to take an early look at 2016 plans and prices in your area.

It’s easy for you to compare available 2016 plans. You only need to answer a few simple questions to preview plans in your area and see what savings may be available to you for next year. You don’t need to log in – just use the link below to get started.


It’s important to shop around and see what 2016 plan best fits your needs and budget. 8 out of 10 people who enrolled in a health insurance plan qualified for financial help. In fact, most people can find a health insurance plan for $75 or less per month.

Remember: If you see a plan that’s a good fit for you, come back once Open Enrollment starts on November 1 to actually enroll in a 2016 plan.