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So I found out Indians get FREE insurance

Posted by on May. 17, 2012 at 5:54 AM
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Guess what I am? I am native american. In a few months I will have FREE insurance for the rest of my life. If you have 1 drop of native american blood you can get free benefits. I am so friggen excited. There are other perks but I just want the insurance. My husband's job doesnt give insurance often.

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Mommabearsfirst
by Member on May. 17, 2012 at 5:56 AM

 How do you get it Im native american too?

angelgrl5200
by Gold Member on May. 17, 2012 at 5:58 AM
my SSs are 1/4 native American but since their bio mom wont register they cant get benefits.....
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by on May. 17, 2012 at 6:01 AM
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Allinorder
by on May. 17, 2012 at 6:04 AM


Quoting Mommabearsfirst:

 How do you get it Im native american too?


You need to find your tribe and when you find the tribe you are from go to the citizen and provide the documents. My husband is cherokee indian and he has to fill out a form and send it. My husbands tribe wants like 3 generations back. My tribe needs the death certificate of the original indian family member and the birth certificates of my relatives leading to me.

Tea4Tas
by on May. 17, 2012 at 6:05 AM

Don't get your hopes up-it depends on where you live if there is any real coverage

 

The majority of Native Americans belong to federally-recognized tribes and receive health insurance through the Indian Health Service, a federal program. Obama has pledged to increase its budget by 13 percent to cover the nearly two million eligible American Indians. However, most are only able to take advantage of such health care if they reside on tribal reservations. An increasing percentage of American Indians live in cities, which have a handful of bare-bones IHS programs. Some have affordable health insurance through their employers (tribal or otherwise), but poverty and being uninsured are familiar to at least one third of the American Indian population.

On the one hand, the travails of the American Indian Service seem to highlight the failings of public entitlement health care. Bureaucracy and underfunding have resulted in rationing and sometimes deadly waits for care. "Life-or-limb" urgent cases are treated first. Other serious cases, such as brain surgery and diabetes treatment, are put on a waiting list. Specialists are hard to come by. Doctors, of which there is a shortage on American Indian reservations, are unable to treat everyone in time, and some people die from that neglect. Those equipment and employee shortages, combined with transportation issues, force many Indians to receive lower quality care: i.e. getting an unnecessary mastectomy to treat breast cancer instead of weekly radiation, because the closest radiation facility is five hours away. Ambulances often take hours to reach their destinations; distances are admittedly long, but such explanations don't help when critical assistance is too late and the "golden hour" after problems began has pa

 

mstkn.identity
by on May. 17, 2012 at 6:06 AM
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 I have my CDIB card and i dont think the Indian Health care is all that amazing. Yeah its better then nothing, but ive never heard of Insurance through a tribe, just free health care at the indian hospitals/doctors near by.

It sometimes take MONTHS to get any kind of appointment or anything done.

JadedFaerie
by on May. 17, 2012 at 6:07 AM
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So sick of things like this.

Mommabearsfirst
by Member on May. 17, 2012 at 6:09 AM

 I am the great great great granddaughter of cheif whitecloud of the cherokee indians but I dont know how to get the information.

 

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by Platinum Member on May. 17, 2012 at 6:13 AM
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Allinorder
by on May. 17, 2012 at 6:15 AM


Quoting Mommabearsfirst:

 I am the great great great granddaughter of cheif whitecloud of the cherokee indians but I dont know how to get the information.

 


www.cherokee.org

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