Health Matters: Insurance Coverage for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Health Matters: Insurance Coverage for American Indians and Alaska Natives


[percussive Native American
music] – More American Indian…
– And Alaska Natives… – Are signing up
for health care coverage… – Than ever before. – Members of federally
recognized tribes… – Can enroll
in the marketplace… – Any time of the year. – And all American Indians… – And Alaska Natives…
– Can enroll in Medicaid… – And CHIP…
– All year long. – Why should we enroll? – Because health care matters… – To people like me. In Tlingit stories,
there is always a moral, a lesson to be learned. Diabetes affects many members
of my clan, my people. And with American Indians
and Alaska Natives at the highest risk
for diabetes, I knew I had to be part
of the change. If I’m to be a guide
for our youth, making healthy decisions like
signing up for health insurance is a must. We have a history
and our future to protect. Health insurance helps us
do that. So the moral of this story is, “Don’t wait.
Sign up.” – Picture up. Quiet on the set. – Action! – I’ve played many roles
in my life, but none more important
than being an advocate for Native health. Our yearly wellness checkups
are completely covered, and we can still get
free services from our Indian Health Programs. American Indians
and Alaska Natives who enroll in the marketplace
or Medicaid won’t have any
out-of-pocket costs when they receive care from
their Indian Health Program. [gasps] I’m covered, which makes me
ready for action. – I’ve been called fearless. I suppose I am,
because in my sport, every chute that opens
puts me at risk of injury. – On Poncho.
He likes to go to the right. Two to the right,
to the right, to the right! – As reckless as some
may think I am, my health is a priority. There are specific
health insurance benefits that, as a Native American,
I may qualify for. And depending on my income, I may be able to get
lower premium costs or qualify for Medicaid. There’s security
in knowing that, if I fall, someone has my back. I’m ready for the next ride,
and that’s a good feeling. [singing] – I’m wondering
why I try Music is my life,
but it’s hard to be creative when I’m stressed
about my health care. Fortunately I’m covered
on my parents’ health insurance until I’m 26. If you’re under 26,
you can still get covered under your parents’
health insurance. It doesn’t matter
if you’re married or if you can enroll
in health insurance at work. You are still covered
even if you don’t live with your parents
or depend on them financially. Having health coverage
makes me feel like I can accomplish anything. And that gives me the freedom
to focus on my passion. [singing]
So pumped hey I find the good guy – Being a comedian
requires good health. I’m always on the road,
and I need to know my wife and kids are
taken care of while I travel. I know.
I love being in your area. I love the wildlife
that you have. So I signed us up
for health insurance. Our marketplace plan
covers prescriptions, hospital stays, lab work,
and specialists. And I know all of you
are looking at me, going, “It’s okay, Mitch.
Everyone wears hand-me-downs.” I had five older sisters. Knowing that we’re covered
for whatever comes our way leaves me free
to make people laugh. And it’s an extra special night
for me. My family is here! [cheers and applause] Being funny
has never felt better. – I love to run. There’s nothing holding me back
when I’m on the track. What would stop me
is getting hurt. When I heard
that American Indians and Alaska Natives can sign up
for health care coverage at any time,
that got my heart racing. Knowing that there is something
out there for me right now is a huge relief. Are you covered? If not, what’s stopping you? [percussive Native American
music] – Dance is an important part
of my culture, and it is a huge part
of my identity as a woman. I use it for healing my body
and my mind. As a mother, it’s important to
me that health care is secure. Health care through
the marketplace covers prenatal care,
mammograms, well-woman visits,
and mental health counseling. I am in control of my future
and my health. And that puts a spring
in my step. [music continues] – Don’t wait. – When you enroll
in health insurance… – Through the health insurance
marketplace… – You can get wellness…
– And preventive care… – And continue
to get services… – From Indian Health Service…
– Tribal Health… – And Urban Indian
Health Programs. – You may qualify for free…
– Or low cost coverage. – So don’t wait. – Enroll…
– Now. – [whispers] Enroll now. – Enroll now. – Visit healthcare.gov/tribal. [singing] – Was born a stray
up in the land of pine I left the pinewood
by the age of nine Grew up without a home
but that suit me just fine ‘Cause I wander
till the day is done And the life I lead is mine [vocalizing]

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