CMS Division of Tribal Affairs
Important Information for our Tribal partners
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Date: Monday September 21, 2015
Time: 1:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time (ET)
Location: Jefferson Room at the Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20009
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be holding a Tribal Consultation session prior to the beginning of the National Indian Health Board’s Annual Consumer Conference in the Jefferson Room at the Washington Hilton on Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC.
CMS will use this opportunity to consult with Tribal leaders on a wide- range of CMS policy matters impacting Indian Country, including those related to the Health Insurance Marketplace and the Medicaid program. Consistent with the CMS Tribal Consultation Policy, CMS leadership and subject matter experts will be available to provide programs updates and receive comments and answer questions from Tribal Leaders and/or their designees.
1:30 pm: Welcoming Remarks and Opening Prayer
• Health Insurance Marketplace Issues
• Medicaid Issues
• Other CMS related Issues
4:30 pm: Closing Remarks
We look forward to seeing you at the Tribal Consultation. Please contact Kitty Marx, Director of the Division of Tribal Affairs, Intergovernmental and External Affairs Group, Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, CMS, with any comments or questions. She can be reached by email at Kitty.Marx@cms.hhs.gov or phone at 410.786.8619.
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All Tribes Call
Scenarios: American Indians/Alaska Natives and Special Tribal Provisions in the Marketplace webinar
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET
Call-in Number: (855) 897-8197
Webinar link: http://www.cmsitutrainings.net
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to host a webinar entitled Scenarios: American Indians/Alaska Natives and Special Tribal Provisions in the Marketplace.
American Indians and Alaska Natives are granted special provisions under the Affordable Care Act. Tribal members and Alaska Native shareholders can enroll in Qualified Health Plans (QHP) in the Marketplace that can help reduce out of pocket costs. If you, or your family, have income between 100 to 300 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) and are eligible for the premium tax credits, you can enroll in a zero cost sharing plans and have NO out of pocket costs for services received from an Indian health provider or a QHP. If your income is below 100 percent FPL or above 300 percent FPL, you can enroll in a limited cost sharing plan (regardless of income). Under a limited cost sharing plan, you will have NO out of pocket expenses for services received from an Indian health provider or through a referral to a QHP. For those individuals, with incomes below 100 percent FPL (less than $12,000 for an individual), and who reside in states that have not expanded Medicaid, limited cost sharing plans are an important option to receive low cost health care coverage.
This webinar presentation will review some of the special provisions and using scenario-based examples, we will review cases to clarify enrollment eligibility. This webinar was held previously in May 2015 and has been updated to reflect the changes in policy for American Indians and Alaska Natives eligible to enroll in limited cost sharing plans.
At the end of the presentation there will be time for questions.
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NEW CMS Medicaid Estate Recovery Rules and Protections for Indians Brochure
CMS Tribal Affairs is pleased to announce the release of the Medicaid Estate Recovery Rules and Protections for Indians Brochure. Section 5006 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) exempts certain Indian income, resources, and property from being subject to Medicaid Estate Recovery. This brochure explains the Medicaid Estate Recovery rules and the exemptions and protections for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). The Medicaid Estate Recovery Rules and Protections for Indians Brochure is now available for downloading at http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/American-Indian-Alaska-Native/AIAN/Downloads/MedicaidEstateRecoveryBrochure.pdf
This brochure supports our outreach and education efforts to encourage AI/AN enrollment in CMS programs and was developed with input from the CMS Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG) and our federal partners at Indian Health Service (IHS) and Health & Human Services Intergovernmental and External Affairs (HHS IEA).
For more outreach and education resources for AI/ANs and Indian health providers please visit the CMS AI/AN website: http://go.cms.gov/AIAN-OutreachEducationResources
Questions on the Indian Exemption for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Beginning in 2014, all individuals must have health care coverage, have a health care coverage exemption, or pay a fee (tax penalty) if you file a federal income tax return. IRS Form 8965 is the form used to claim or report a health coverage exemption.
Form IRS 8965 can be located at:
- IRS Form 8965 Instructions- http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i8965.pdf
- IRS Form 8965- http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f8965.pdf
If the only health coverage you have is through the Indian Health Services (IHS) and you do not have other insurance, such as through your employer, or through a federal health program such as the Marketplace, Medicare, Medicaid or VA, you will need to file for an Indian Exemption to avoid paying any penalties. An Indian Exemption is available to members of federally recognized Tribes, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Corporation shareholders, and individuals eligible to receive services from an Indian health care provider.
For more information about how to claim an Indian exemption, please go to: https://www.healthcare.gov/american-indians-alaska-natives/exemptions/
CMS has developed a more detailed list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that can be downloaded here: AI/AN Exemption Frequently Asked Questions
NEW CMS Tribal Fact Sheets
Special Protections for AI ANs
AI AN Trust Income and MAGI
CMS Tribal Affairs is pleased to announce the release of two new fact sheets. The first fact sheet explains the Protections for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI ANs) in the Marketplace, Medicaid and CHIP. The second fact sheet describes Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) and what that means for AI AN Trust Income. These fact sheets support our outreach and education efforts to encourage AI AN enrollment in CMS programs. The fact sheets were developed with input from the CMS Tribal Technical Advisory Group and our federal partners at IHS and HHS IEA.
Please feel free to distribute further. The fact sheets will be available for downloading on the CMS AI AN website at: http://go.cms.gov/AIAN-OutreachEducationResources
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