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Alternate Resource Assistance ...

Tribal Health works in concert with several federally funded, state managed health care programs available to low income or medically needy families. These programs offer assistance in covering health care costs, allowing the Tribal Health and Human Services Department to maximize funding received for the provision of direct health care.

Some examples of alternate resources include but are not limited to: Medicare Part A (hospital), Part B (medical), and Part D (prescription), Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, and Healthy Montana Kids. Another alternate resource is private insurance either through, an employer or purchased by an individual from a private carrier for personal health care coverage under the auspices of the Affordable Care Act.

Under the IHS Contract Health Service plan, each eligible participant is encouraged to obtain some form of alternative resource health care coverage. Since IHS is a “payer of last resort,” it is considered a secondary form of health care coverage behind any other coverage. Eligible participants enrolling in an alternate-coverage plan maximize their access to health care services.

Questions or concerns regarding alternative resource benefit services may be directed to the Alternate Resource Patient Advocates, Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 12-noon.

The primary goal of the Alternate Resource Patient Advocates and Affordable Care Act Certified Application Counselors is to advocate for eligible participants and assist with the navigation and assessment of local health care options.

Patient Advocates and ACA
Certified Application Counselors

St. Ignatius THHS Clinic...

Char Neal - (406) 745-3525 ext. 5001
Linda Ebner - (406) 745-3525 ext. 5005
Alice Moran - (406) 745-3525 ext. 5087

Polson THHS Clinic...

Gloria Quiver - (406) 883-5541 ext. 7319
Rhonda Lozeau - (406) 883-5541 ext. 7347


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