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Understanding the Summary of Benefits Statement

DATE:  Tuesday,  August 14, 2018 

TIME:  2:00-3:30pm ET

Please register before the webinar to receive an email with information about joining this webinar.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in partnership the National Indian Health Board and Oklahoma Primary Care Association will host a webinar focusing on Understanding the Summary of Benefits Statement.

For Tribal Members, there are both Zero Cost-Share (ZCS) plans and Limited Cost-Share plans (LCS) in the Marketplace, depending on consumer household income. This session will look at the differences in the Summary of Benefits and Coverages (SBC) for LCS and ZCS plans.

The SBC is a snapshot of a health plan’s costs, benefits, covered health care services, and other features that are important to consumers. SBCs also explain health plans’ unique features like cost sharing rules and include significant limits and exceptions to coverage in easy-to understand terms. Along with the SBC, group health plans and health insurance companies must also provide a Uniform Glossary to explain common medical and insurance-related terms.

To help consumers compare the different features of health benefits and coverage, the Affordable Care Act generally requires all group health plans and health insurance companies to provide individuals a “summary of benefits and coverage” that “accurately describes the benefits and coverage under the plan.”

These webinars are open to the IHS, Tribal or urban third party business office staff, health facility staff, social service program staff and any interested community partner, assister or navigator working with AI/AN individuals and families to enroll in CMS programs.


Steven Goldman: Navigator, Oklahoma Primary Care Association

Kristen Bitsuie: Tribal Health Reform Outreach and Education, NIHB

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Remember to register prior this webinars. An email with an appointment will be sent to with your personal link to the webinar.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proud to partner with the 2nd Annual Advancing Tribal Healthcare Conference: Improving Process & Performance in Native Country. CMS will be offering a training on CMS programs and benefits as a pre-conference on Thursday, October 4, 2018, immediately preceding the annual conference in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The training is free of charge and open to all participants (even those not attending the conference). For more information about the pre-conference training and the 2nd Annual Advancing Tribal Healthcare Conference, please visit:

Discounted room rates are offered through the conference room block at Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino for $209 + tax/night. The rates are good from October 1-10, 2018 allowing for extended stay to take part in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. More information can be found at:  


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Click on the above link to learn more about the implementation of the new Medicare card and new Medicare number

From April 2018 to April 2019, older adults will receive new Medicare cards from CMS. To help protect elders from identity theft, these new cards will replace social security numbers with Medicare numbers that are unique to each beneficiary. This webinar focuses on the implementation of the new Medicare card and its impact throughout Indian Country. 

Click on the New Medicare Card Fact Sheet to help prepare and learn 10 Things to know about your new Medicare Card.

Follow the CMS Medicare messaging guidelines  to share these changes with elders in your community. To help prevent identity theft, remind elders to guard their cards.   

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