Trial program offers free health insurance for Alaska Natives/American Indians

Through a collaboration between SouthEast Regional Health Consortium and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, Alaska Natives and American Indians may be eligible for free additional health insurance coverage through a new trial program.

The program, known as Tribally Sponsored Health Insurance Program, is available to those that meet specific criteria. Applicants must not be currently covered by Medicaid, Medicare, VA, or other private insurance, nor can they be eligible for insurance through an employer. Eligibility also requires applicants to be Alaska Native or American Indian living in Alaska and enrolled in a federally recognized tribe, have an income between 100 to 300 percent of the federal poverty level, or require complex care (estimated health care expenses exceeding $20,000 this year).

“Alaska Native and American Indian people have some excellent opportunities for health insurance coverage available,” said Andrea Thomas, Outreach & Enrollment Manager for SEARHC. “The T-SHIP program offers free insurance, and the Health Insurance Marketplace offers insurance at reduced premium rates and out-of-pocket expenses depending on income.”

For more information or to be screen for health insurance coverage, contact Andrea Thomas at 966-8883 or andreat@searhc.org.

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