Indian Health Service Hosting Urban Indian Days of Action to Promote Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment

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CHICAGO — Urban American Indians who are confused about enrolling for the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare, coverage can learn more about their possibilities by attending events offered by the Indian Health Service in three cities.

The select cities be hosting events are: Salt Lake City on January 20, Chicago on January 27-28, and Houston on February 5. One event was already conducted in Dallas on Thursday.

The benefits available under the Affordable Care Act to American Indians and Alaska Natives are especially important to Urban Indian consumers who may live too far away to receive care from their Tribe’s hospital or clinic.

The Indian Health Service has partnered with the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Education, the National Indian Health Board, the National Council of Urban Indian Health, and local Urban Indian and community organizations to organize these Urban Indian Days of Action for Affordable Care Act enrollment.

Each city will be hosting community events for individuals and families to learn about insurance options and receive free in-person assistance from trained enrollment assistors. The enrollment assistors will be available to answer questions, assist with enrollment in Medicaid or a Qualified Health Plan through the Marketplace, or assist with applying for the exemption from the shared responsibility payment. The assistors will have special training related to the Indian provisions in the Affordable Care Act.

They also may not be eligible to receive any purchased/referred care due to not living within the Purchased/Referred Care Service Delivery Area. The Marketplace offers an opportunity for Urban Indian consumers to obtain a plan that will allow them to receive care from local providers. Depending on their income, they may qualify for Medicaid or a zero or low cost plan through the Marketplace.

Urban Day of Action – Salt Lake City

Date: January 20th, 10 a.m. – 12 noon – MST
Location: University of Utah
Address: 201 Presidents Circle, Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Primary Contact: Doyle Forrestal, Office of the Regional Director, Region VIII
Phone: 303-844-7335

Urban Day of Action – Chicago

Date: January 27th, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. – CST
Location: Kateri Center of Chicago
Address: 3938 N. Leavitt St Chicago, IL 60618
Phone: 773-509-2344

Date: January 28th, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. – CST
Location: American Indian Center
Address: 1630 West Wilson Avenue Chicago, IL 60640
Phone: 773- 275-5871

Primary Contact for both events: Kennith Scott, Executive Director American Indian Health Service of Chicago
Phone: 773-883-9100

Urban Day of Action – Houston

Date: February 5th, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. – CST
Location: United Way
Address: 50 Waugh Dr. Houston, TX 77007

Primary Contact: Chance Landry, Native American Health Coalition (NAHC) President
Phone: 281-868-1462

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