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Author Topic: Any other registered Native Americians here?  (Read 1574 times)

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Offline AaronbytheC

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Any other registered Native Americians here?
« on: July 21, 2010, 07:03:25 PM »
So it turns out I have decent insurance for all of the labs and doctors visits but when it comes to HAART it blows...  I only have coverage for generic Rx.   :-\

I have a doctors appointment tomorrow followed by a meeting with the county ASO to start the paperwork to get the meds I'll soon need to be on.  My caseworker seems to be confident that there will be a program to get what I need, but I started to wonder about my native American background.  I'm a card carrying member of the Choctaw Nation and registered with the federal government.  I know that my relatives in Oklahoma get free medical and Rx though the tribal funding...  So I'm wondering what, if any, programs are out there for HIV.

Anyone have any insight?
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Offline aztecan

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Re: Any other registered Native Americians here?
« Reply #1 on: July 22, 2010, 12:59:31 AM »
Hey Aaron,

I deal extensively with the Indian Health Service. Depending on where you live, the care can be very good or just so-so.

Most IHS doctors are able to handle the usual things like diabetes, etc., but some aren't as well versed with HIV care.

I don't know where you live, but if you have a census number, you can obain care at any IHS clinic of hospital. I don't believe it need be a Choctaw agency.

Here where I live, there are Navajos, Utes, Apaches, Hopis and Zunis all within a reasonable area. All can obtain medical care at the main IHS facilities nearby In fact, I know one doctor in Shiprock, which is on the Navajo Nation, who refers people for dental care to Towaoc, on the Ute Moutnain Ute Reservation, because there is a shorter wait for services.

That is one thing you will have to prepare yourself for. It may take time to get things done, such as waiting hours to get through all the labs, doctor visits and finally picking up your meds at the IHS pharmacy.

This also varies from place to place. Some clinics, etc., move more quickly, others more slowly.

I know they are always after people to have a payor source, such as insurance, but you shouldn't be turned away if you don't.

You will, of course, have to prove your status with the Choctaw Tribe, but you said you have your proof, so that shouldn't be a problem.

Hope this helps.


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