Insurance Reform for American Indians
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) ushers in a new resource for American Indians to access quality health care through affordable health care insurance. The over 550,000 uninsured American Indians and Alaska Natives will now be able to purchase insurance coverage online through the Health Care Marketplace, which opened for enrollment October 1, 2013. With coverage beginning January 1, 2014, these previously uninsured individuals will now have the opportunity to locate and acquire health insurance for themselves and their families.
One key benefit of the ACA for American Indians and Alaska Natives was the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. This reauthorization helps to increase the reach of the Indian Health Service (IHS) and expands the reach of programs like Medicare and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).