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The Role of Medicare and the Indian Health Service for American Indians and Alaska Natives: Health, Access and Coverage

This report examines the role of both Medicare and the Indian Health Service (IHS) in providing access to health care for about 650,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives who are age 65 and older or who have permanent disabilities. While Medicare provides important health care coverage for most in this group, its relatively high cost-sharing and gaps in benefits can be problematic for American Indians and Alaska Native Medicare beneficiaries who do not have additional supplemental coverage or who cannot access IHS providers.

Key Facts on Health and Health Care by Race and Ethnicity

This chartpack provides data on demographics, health access and utilization, health status and outcomes, and health coverage by race and ethnicity to provide greater insight into the current status of disparities. Where data are available, it examines measures by six groups: White, Asian, Hispanic, Black, American Indian and Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

Medicaid and American Indians and Alaska Natives

This brief provides an overview of the American Indian and Alaska Native population, discusses the role of Medicaid and the potential impact of the Medicaid expansion for this population, and reviews the new proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand the scope of Medicaid services provided to American Indians and Alaska Natives that would qualify for 100% federal match.

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