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HHS urged to accept tribal documents for Medicaid


The Department of Health and Human Services needs to accept tribal documentation to determine eligibility for Medicaid, the Navajo Nation's top health officia said.

HHS accepts some forms of tribal documentation but only for the lowest tier of service. To receive the highest level, a U.S. birth certificate or similar identification must be presented.

The requirement negative impacts thousands of Navajo elders, Anslem Roanhorse, the executive director of the Navajo Division of Health, said at the HHS consultation session in Salt Lake City. Roanhorse himself doesn't have a birth certificate.

Mark Gilbert, the regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, said HHS would consider changes in the rules. "Initially, we did not include a lot of the documents that tribes have," he said, The Deseret Morning News reported.

Get the Story:
Navajos lack records (The Deseret Morning News 4/26)

Relevant Links:
Indian Health Service - http://www.ihs.gov

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