The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Division of Tribal Affairs joined forces to create Affordable Care Act (ACA) educational materials specifically for the Native youth population – with the help of NIHB’s 2014 Youth Summit participants.
Youth Summit students learned about the Five Fast Facts that Native youth need to know about the ACA, and some shared on film their experiences with the Indian Health Service, health disparities in their family, and how insurance may help their loved ones. The materials, highlighting the Five Fast Facts, include three Public Service Announcements (PSAs), a poster and brochure.
The Five Fast Facts that Native youth need to know about the Affordable Care Act are:
- They can be added to or kept on their parent or guardian’s health insurance until they turn 26 years old.
- They will be covered for prevention screenings for STDs, HIV, pregnancy, depression and diabetes.
- Their additional coverage will allow them to receive services outside of the Indian Health Service.
- Medicaid is an additional option for health coverage.
- Their parents can file an exemption from the tax penalty for them.
To learn more about the ACA Native Youth Toolkit, contact Francys Crevier, NIHB Tribal Health Care Reform Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, at 202-507-4082 or [email protected].