Obamacare even reaches the Navajo Nation
Congress will review a plan to let the tribe manage its own federally funded health care program.
The Navajo are moving ahead with plans to become the first Native American tribe to manage its own federally funded Medicaid program -- a move that would essentially treat the Navajo Nation as a separate state when it comes to some health care issues.
The plan's feasibility study is scheduled for review by Congress next month.
The Navajo Nation covers more than 27,000 square miles across Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. More than 100,000 of the tribe's 250,000 members are reportedly eligible for Medicaid, but many have had issues with health care programs available to them across the three states.
Larry Curley, with the Nation's Department of Health, told the Farmington, N.M., Daily Times that Navajo often travel long distances to get to clinics for Medicaid services. In addition, said the paper, "all three states are pursuing their own versions of Medicaid within their state boundaries, which creates issues for Navajo who live in one state but sometimes are closer to services in another."
Permanent re-authorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, passed when President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, allowed the Navajo to fund their feasibility study in 2010.
The Indian Country Today Media Network, quoting a government fact sheet, says Obamacare allows Native American tribes to explore more health care options for their members -- while providing those groups with "state-based health exchanges, no cost-share or co-payments, tax incentives, expansion and most of all reimbursements from third parties."
But it's not going to be easy. Curley estimates the current plan will cost up to $120 million to implement. And officials in the states that overlap with the Navajo Nation are expressing their own doubts.
"If we don't do a lot of planning, there's going to be a lot of collateral damage," David Foster, then chairman of the Health Care Committee for the Association of Commerce and Industry of New Mexico, told the Daily Times last year.
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If Obamacare is so great then woulfn't everyone want to be on this program, I mean its going to save everyone so much money, oop's no wait it won't,
It will cover everyone no matter thier condition, oops no it won't.
It'll save the nation tons of money and take the strain off medicare, oops yeah it won't do that either.
Well it won't have death panels or deny people treatment, oops yeah it will and it it will deny people treatment......hmmmmmm maybe Obamacare isn't all that greta after all and we should over turn it, Its a tax we just don't need and a danger to future medical care for us all!
It is very frightening that this country offers more privileges to Illegal Citizens then he does to Native Americans. And if they are given a separate health care system, then the USA will fail to protect the True Americans!
Sorry but Native Americans should also be given the opp for lower priced tuition, for health care and mental health care.
Where are the priorities, to ILLEGALS or to our own Native Americans and to Americans!
I want to know why every time the goverment says their going to do something good for us it costs so much damn money, i thought they get paid to work for us, this is a rediculou
s way to run a country.
are they gonna have DEATHPANELS too like the rest of us except OBAMA AND BIG RICH LIBERALS AND DEMOCRATS AND HIS
FRIENDS FAMILY AND BIG UNIONS WHO HE GAVE WAIVERS TOO AND DON'T HAVE TO USE OBAMACARE?
The health care that is given to Native American is so substandard...
There are so many horror stories of death and malpractice....guess CNN don't want to report on that...they only report on other races...
No studies on those facts...
We can't sue the federal government....so nobody tries...
BY RIGHT IT'S THE NAVAJO LAND, MONEY, MINERAL RIGHTS, IT'S ALL THERE'S!
YES I SAY GO FORWARD NAVAJO. IT'S ABOUT TIME YOU SPOKE UP. DON'T BE IN THE BACKGROUND ANY LONGER! THIS IS YOUR TIME TO BE HEARDDDDDDDDDDDDD!
Pretty sure the Navajo Nation is a seperate State?...Hence the name "Nation".or Sovereign Nation.
Very similar to other Federally recognized Indian Nations.
I think all the America as a Nation need health care we can afford no matter where you are from.
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