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November 2016
The National Indian Health Board Tribal Healthcare Reform Newsletter provides a brief overview on NIHB outreach and education activities with Indian healthcare reform. 

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The Fourth Open Enrollment Period Has Begun! 

Indian Country! If you currently have coverage through the Healthcare Marketplace, it is critical that you take the time to review and understand your current health care coverages and what it means for the coming year.
The Open Enrollment period for the 2017 calendar year on the Healthcare Marketplace starts next Tuesday, the 1st of November and continues until January 31st 2017. Members of a Federally Recognized Tribe and Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act Shareholders can enroll in Marketplace coverage any time of the year. For American Indians and Alaska Natives who sign up through the Marketplace, there is no limited enrollment period and AI/ANs are able to change plans as often as once a month. However, we still strongly encourage individuals to consider the open enrollment period as the ideal time for evaluating current coverage, comparing the health coverage options available, and making adjustments as needed.

Important Dates To Know
Important Dates on the Marketplace:
  • November 1, 2016: Open Enrollment starts - first day you can enroll, re-enroll, or change a 2017 insurance plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2017.
  • December 15, 2016: Last day to enroll in or change plans for coverage to start January 1, 2017.
  • January 1, 2017: 2017 coverage starts for those who enroll or change plans by December 15.
  • January 31, 2017: Last day to enroll in or change a 2017 health plan. After this date, you can enroll or change plans monthly.
Medicare Open Enrollment:
  • October 15th: Medicare Open Enrollment opens, first day to make changes to your Medicare coverage
  • December 7th: Medicare Open Enrollment period closes
Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP):
  • There's no limited enrollment period for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). You can apply any time. To see if you may qualify and next steps, visit

For more information, visit:

NIHB wants YOUR Stories!
NIHB wants to highlight your successes across the nation
NIHB is collecting success stories! If you have any success stories from individuals that have enrolled in the Marketplace, or best practices,let us know! We want to highlight some of these stories on our webpage and show off your hard work. 
Please e-mail them to Francys Crevier at or share your stories on our facebook page  here
The 2016 Public Health Summit and NIHOE Face-to- Face is in Atlanta this April!
The Public Health Summit will be in Atlanta, Georgia on April 11-13. The early bird registration deadline is March 11 and standard registration ends April 8.  Click here to register for the Summit. 
The National Indian Healthcare Outreach and Education Partners (NIHOE) Face-to-Face meeting will be April 14 following the conference. 
If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Chawin 'Win' Reilly at

Chawin 'Win' Reilly
National Indian Health Board