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February 2016
The National Indian Health Board Tribal Healthcare Reform Newsletter provides a brief overview on the current happenings in Indian healthcare reform. 

Your tribal healthcare reform resource. Go to for more information.

NIHB Success with the Tribal Days of Action!
NIHB travels around Indian Country to spread the word about the Affordable Care Act
NIHB traveled to different places in Arizona, New Mexico, South Dakota, Alaska, Oklahoma, and Texas to conduct various Affordable Care Act training on AI/AN provisions, Healthcare 101 and Exemption Waivers.
NIHB assisted and trained over 1,400 individuals during these events and helped enroll families in affordable healthcare plans. NIHB would like to thank all of their partners who helped make these events a success. 
Tax Season is officially here!
What you need to know about taxes as an American Indian or Alaska Native

Open enrollment is now over for millions of Americans including American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) and it is now tax season! Members of federally recognized tribes have a special monthly enrollment period and they can enroll in health coverage throughout the year. They can also use their Indian Health Service (IHS) facility as their primary care provider. IHS is not Health Insurance, and to avoid paying the Shared Responsibility Payment for not holding minimum essential coverage AI/AN'S must file an exemption! IRS form 8965, found here must be completed along with your taxes. Visit the healthcare website here for more information.
It is important for AI/AN individuals and families to learn about their insurance options and get covered. Not only do the individuals benefit from insurance but it also helps Indian Health Service facilities, Tribal 638 and urban clinics as well. Through third party billing, these resources become more available to everyone because those Purchased and Referred Care dollars go right back into the facilities.
NIHB wants YOUR Stories!
NIHB wants to highlight your successes across the nation
NIHB is collecting success stories! If you have any success stories from individuals that have enrolled in the Marketplace, or best practices,let us know! We want to highlight some of these stories on our webpage and show off your hard work. 
Please e-mail them to Francys Crevier at or share your stories on our facebook page here
The 2016 Public Health Summit and NIHOE Face-to- Face is in Atlanta this April!
The Public Health Summit will be in Atlanta, Georgia on April 11-13. The early bird registration deadline is March 11 and standard registration ends April 8. Click here to register for the Summit. 
The National Indian Healthcare Outreach and Education Partners (NIHOE) Face-to-Face meeting will be April 14 following the conference. 
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Francys Crevier at

Francys Crevier
National Indian Health Board