IHS services don’t meet the requirements of the law, but many Native Americans and Alaska natives are exempted from the individual mandate.
“It’s an unprecedented opportunity,” said Roxane Spruce Bly, who is working with New Mexico’s health insurance exchange to provide outreach to Native Americans. “It’s the biggest thing to happen in Indian health in my lifetime. It solves so many problems for Indian people.”
New state restrictions on clinics that provide abortions could leave millions of women—many of them poor and uninsured—without easy access to cancer screenings and other basic health care services.
Low-income Americans are more likely to be satisfied with the care they receive at community health centers, called federally qualified health centers, than at mainstream health care providers.
About 10% of King County adults smoke, plus an additional 2% use smokeless tobacco products. About 1 in 4 12th graders report using tobacco products. Overall, smoking accounts for 1 in 5 deaths in the county.
More than 4 million Americans have viral hepatitis and an estimated 85,000 become infected each year. Some forms go away on their own, but others, like Hepatitis B and C, can go on to become chronic infections that can lead serious liver damage, cirrhosis, liver cancer, and even death. But most people with chronic hepatitis do not know they are infected.
In black and Latino communities, more than one in four people rely on Medicaid, compared with fewer than one in eight whites.
The weights of young people in the U.S. remained fairly steady over the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s — but then they began to put on pounds.
UW students team up with local community groups to raise hepatitis B awareness among Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and new immigrant groups.
Indian Health Service is responsible for the health care of 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.