March 19, 2014 – Official Media Release
RAPID CITY, S.D. – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Region VIII Director Kim Gillan will be in Rapid City in support of the department’s collaborative push to encourage Native Americans to enroll in health insurance plans via the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Gillan will be speaking along with Mike Robeck from the Western South Dakota Community Action Agency and Tinka Duran from the Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (GPTCHB) about the Affordable Care Act and its benefits, particularly for Natives, at a community event at The Club for Boys on Saturday, March 22, sponsored jointly by GPTCHB, Western South Dakota Community Action Agency, Community Health Center of the Black Hills, Regional Health and The Club for Boys, which is located at 320 North 4th Street.
Robeck serves as the lead Health Insurance Marketplace Navigator for Western South Dakota Community Action Agency and Duran is the manager of GPTCHB’s Navigator Program.
The two-session Health Insurance Marketplace information event with enrollment assistance kicks off with a brief presentation at 10:30 a.m. MDT.
Following the opening presentation, the morning Health Insurance Marketplace education session runs from 11:00 a.m. through 12:30 p.m., and the second afternoon session runs from 12:45 p.m. until 3:15 p.m.
Gillan’s visit from the HHS Region VIII office is an integral part of HHS’s effort with the White House and Indian Health Service, a division of HHS, to provide outreach and education on the ACA and Health Insurance Marketplace prior to the open enrollment deadline of March 31. This cooperative effort culminates in a “Tribal Day of Action” throughout IHS facilities on Monday, March 24.
Although Natives eligible to receive care from IHS and other Indian health facilities are exempt from the March 31 deadline, the HHS, White House and IHS are working to emphasize the importance of health insurance to supplement the guaranteed care provided by Indian health facilities as well as the Native-specific ACA provisions.
Refreshments will be served and drawings for CattleWomen’s Association $250 beef certificates will be held. You must be present to win.
The event is open to everyone.
For questions or additional information, contact the GPTCHB Navigator Program toll free at 1-877-209-1215, Western South Dakota Community Action Agency at 605-348-1460, Community Health Center of the Black Hills at 605-721-8939 or Regional Health at 605-719-1000.
Founded in 1986, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board serves as an advocate and liaison to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services entities, including the Indian Health Service, and state and local partners on behalf of its 17 member tribes and one Indian Service Area in the Great Plains states of South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa. In addition, the nonprofit organization works with tribal communities through its multifaceted research, preventive, outreach, academic, recovery support, technical assistance and epidemiologic programs to improve the health status of and eradicate health disparities among the region’s 170,000 tribal members.