Indian Health Service http://kunm.org en Insurance Exchanges Could Open Indian Health Service To Non-Indians http://kunm.org/post/insurance-exchanges-could-open-indian-health-service-non-indians <p></p><p></p><p>Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act is expected to bring in much needed dollars to the chronically underfunded Indian Health Service or IHS.&nbsp; But tribal health experts say the main game changer in Indian country will be new health insurance exchanges.&nbsp; For the first time ever, the IHS, a system traditionally open only to Native Americans, will be competing for non-Indian patients in order to survive. KUNM’s Tristan Ahtone reports.</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 21:47:47 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 28625 at http://kunm.org Insurance Exchanges Could Open Indian Health Service To Non-Indians Indian Health Service Could See Budget Increase http://kunm.org/post/indian-health-service-could-see-budget-increase <p style="line-height:150%"><span style="font-size:14pt;line-height:150%">Obama’s proposed budget for Indian Health Services is up from FY 2012 by $124 million.. The White House’s focus on increased funding to IHS programs, it’s now up to congress to make a decision on the President’s budget. </span></p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:39:12 +0000 Christine Trudeau 28009 at http://kunm.org Medicaid Expansion Brings Finances And Competition To Indian Health Service http://kunm.org/post/medicaid-expansion-brings-finances-and-competition-indian-health-service-0 <p>Around 25-thousand Native Americans in New Mexico will become eligible for Medicaid when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect next year. &nbsp;The change translates to more money for the Indian Health Service. But as KUNM’s Poverty and Public Health Reporter Tristan Ahtone explains: in Albuquerque, Medicaid expansion will also force Native health providers to deal with something they’ve never faced before: competition from non-tribal health programs.</p><p>TRANSCRIPT:</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 28005 at http://kunm.org Medicaid Expansion Brings Finances And Competition To Indian Health Service House Judiciary Committee Supports Medicaid Tribal Opt-Out http://kunm.org/post/house-judiciary-committee-supports-medicaid-tribal-opt-out <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would prohibit the mandatory enrollment of Native Americans in the states Medicaid managed care program, Centennial Care, has passed through the House Judiciary Committee unanimously.</span></p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 03:39:13 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 25352 at http://kunm.org House Judiciary Committee Supports Medicaid Tribal Opt-Out Indian Health Service Prepares For Sequestration http://kunm.org/post/indian-health-service-prepares-sequestration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With the possibility of sequestration two weeks away, the Indian Health Services says they could be facing large cuts to program funding. Those cuts could be disastrous for the Indian Health Service which is already dealing with a massively underfunded budget. </span></p> Sat, 16 Feb 2013 01:10:23 +0000 Christine Trudeau 25164 at http://kunm.org Indian Health Service Prepares For Sequestration