Medicaid and CHIP are available to qualifying federally recognized American Indians and Alaska Natives.
If you're eligible for services from the Indian Health Service or urban Indian programs (known as I/T/Us), including Contract Health Services:
You don't have to pay Medicaid premiums or enrollment fees.
You don't have to pay out-of-pocket costs for Medicaid services.
Certain Indian resources and payments aren't counted for Medicaid and CHIP eligibility, making it easier for some people to qualify.
You can continue to get services through an I/T/U even if the I/T/U is not a provider in your program's managed care network.
Verifying tribal Status
You may need to provide documentation of U.S. citizenship you enroll. You may submit any of the following documents:
- A document issued by a federally recognized tribe indicating tribal membership;
- An enrollment cards;
- A certificate of degree of Indian blood issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs;
- A tribal census documents; and/or
- Any document indicating affiliation with the tribe.
Medicaid and CHIP agencies may accept an individual’s attestation regarding Indian status. If the Medicaid or CHIP agency requires documents, American Indians and Alaska Natives may need to prove Indian status or eligibility for services from an Indian health provider.