This episode discusses the effects of Medicaid expansion on Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services, visits a crafting class at CPN’s Cultural Heritage Center and provides tips and tricks for credit scores for National Credit Education Month.
Oklahoma voters narrowly approved the expansion of Medicaid eligibility in June 2020, helping thousands of previously uninsured residents qualify for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act. Citizen Potawatomi Nation Health Services officials are ready to ensure new patients efficiently receive services and CPNHS can cost-effectively administer care. Apply for Medicaid at mysoonercare.org or by phone at 800-987-7767. Benefits specialists at the CPN clinics are also available to assist with enrollment.
Until 2020, Oklahoma was one of 14 states that had not expanded Medicaid for those qualified by ACA standards. The state has the second highest rate of uninsured adults in the country, though that may change as the program’s eligibility expands by the 2021 deadline.
A recent study produced by the group IHS – Health Care Reform in Indian Country seems to indicate that the presence of tribes can offset a significant cost to the state.