Navajo Nation would like to get Medicaid reimbursements from the Feds, Directly
WINDOW ROCK – The Largest Tribe in the U.S. is currently conducting a ‘Medicaid feasibility study’ to see if Navajo can get Medicaid reimbursements from the federal government, said Navajo Nation Medical Officials.
A initiative that could either make or break the Tribe. Because Eric Henley, the Chief Medical Officer from Flagstaff says doing the paperwork will be a hassle, reported KNAU.
The Affordable Care Act will allow the Tribe to explore more in terms of healthcare for its citizens. Upon completion of the study, the initiative will be sent to congress for approval, that is expected in March.
According to the Obama Administration fact sheet of the ‘Obama Care’, the ACA will provide Tribes with State-based Health Exchanges, No Cost-sharing or Co-payments, Tax incentives, expansion, and most of all Reimbursements from Third Parties.
“The law puts into place comprehensive health insurance reforms that will hold insurance companies more accountable and will lower health care costs, guarantee more health care choices, and enhance the quality of health care for all Americans, including the First Americans.” said a fact sheet for the ACA.
But critics like, Kansas City University Mass Communication student Jarred Mckee say, “Obamacare will eventually decrease how much small businesses will have to pay for insurance so it will be affordable for them to offer coverage to their employees.” adding, “Do I think Obamacare is perfect??….No, but no bill that you pass at this point is going to be perfect–they will all come at costs. I think this plans advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.” said in his blog.