Nearly five million non-elderly individuals self-identify as American Indian or Alaska Native alone or in combination with some other race. This group represents nearly 2 percent of the total non-elderly population of the U.S., and experiences greater health disparities (e.g. diabetes and chronic liver disease) and higher mortality rates than other Americans.
Even with the provisions that address the challenges to enrollment for AI/ANs, and despite reduced rates of uninsurance to their lowest levels in our nation’s history with ACA enrollment efforts, additional work to enroll AI/AN individuals and improve health outcomes is needed.
These communities encounter barriers to health access due to remote geographic locations, lack of access to reliable internet and phone service, distrust of government programs, language and health literacy barriers, and cultural differences.
The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign’s next webinar will bring together a panel to discuss strategies to identify and engage AI/AN communities and Tribal organizations to promote Medicaid and CHIP enrollment and specifically help connect children in these communities to health coverage.