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As a navigator entity, NAPPR will perform comprehensive outreach and education regarding new coverage options available through the Affordable Care Act in Native communities across the state. ), NAPPR expects to provide in-person consumer assistance to nearly 9000 uninsured American Indians in both tribal and urban communities with the help of its partners:
- Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council
- Five Sandoval Indian Pueblos, Inc.
- The National Indian Youth Council
- The Pueblo of Isleta
- The Pueblo of Jemez
- The Pueblo of Laguna
Some Interesting facts:
The Affordable Care Act contains specific provisions designed to encourage American Indian consumers to acquire health coverage through a Health Insurance Exchange.
While the federal government is obligated to provide health care services to American Indians, the Indian Health Service (IHS) is funded at just 54% of the actual need and relies on 3rd party reimbursements for much of its operations.
Many specialty services are not available through the IHS leaving American Indian consumers dependent on fragmented, inadequate safety net or charity care programs.
In New Mexico, preventable chronic disease plagues American Indians at much higher rates than other populations resulting in 3.4 times as many deaths from diabetes.
When enrolled in an Exchange plan, tribal members are exempt from co-pays, deductibles and other forms of cost-sharing if their income is less than 300% of the federal poverty level (up to $70,414 for a family of four).