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 department to
maximize funding received for direct and contract
Some examples of alternate resources include but are
not limited to: Medicare Part A (hospital), Part B
(medical), and Part D (prescription), Medicaid,
Veterans Administration, and HMK. 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 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 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 Beneficiary Specialists, Monday through
Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
The primary goal of the Alternate Resource
Beneficiary Specialists is to advocate for eligible
participants and assist with the navigation and
assessment of local health care systems.
Mission Patient Advocate...
Char Neal - (406) 745-3525 ext. 5001
Linda Ebner - (406) 745-3525 ext. 5005
Alice Moran - (406) 745-3525 ext. 5087
Polson Patient Advocate...
Gloria Quiver - (406) 883-0000 ext. 7319
Rhonda Lozeau - (406) 883-0000 ext. 7347