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Affordable Health Insurance Grants for Utah’s Native Americans

Monday, September 13th, 2010

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Native Americans are one of the demographics most likely to be uninsured. Although a majority of them are eligible for affordable health insurance through CHIP (the Children’s Health Insurance Program) and Medicaid, they still struggle with access, especially on reservations.

The new healthcare reform law includes a grant for nearly $1 million to help Utah’s many tribes access health care. The smaller tribes are less likely to have charitable clinics established.

What will the grants cover? Their purposes include outreach from the Utah Navajo Health System to the nearby town of White Mesa, where there is a large American Indian population. 10 to 15 percent of children living there are enrolled in CHIP, when up to 95 percent are estimated to be eligible for that Utah health insurance plan. Several other walk-in clinics in the state will also receive grants.

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How Health Insurance Reform Will Impact Native Americans

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

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According to the director of the Indian Health Service, American Indians and Alaska Natives will see several benefits from health insurance reform.

Yvette Roubideaux, M.D. says that tribal organizations will now be able to buy health insurance plans for their employees the same way the federal government does. The Federal Employees Health Benefits program is able to negotiate lower rates with insurers, due to its regulations and large employee pools.

Native Americans are more likely to be uninsured than the general population, and many live in poverty.

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