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No definitive answer on 'Indian' under health care reform law
Posted: Tuesday, June 4, 2013
The Cherokee Phoenix tried to find out what the definition of "Indian" under the
Affordable Care Act
means but was unable to secure a definitive answer.
The paper called the
Indian Health Service
Bureau of Indian Affairs
and other federal agencies. The
also said it hasn't heard anything from the Obama administration.
The definition of "Indian" will affect thousands, and potentially hundreds of thousands, of American Indians and Alaska Natives who possess a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood or can document their Indian heritage in order to receive care through the IHS.
These Indians might have to pay a tax penalty for failing to carry health insurance because the health care reform law appears to require membership in a federally recognized tribe or in an Alaska Native corporation.
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