Spreading The Word: Obamacare Is For Native Americans, Too

Rochelle Jake, 45, says she thought the Indian Health Service should be responsible for her health care, not Obamacare.i

Rochelle Jake, 45, says she thought the Indian Health Service should be responsible for her health care, not Obamacare.

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Rochelle Jake, 45, says she thought the Indian Health Service should be responsible for her health care, not Obamacare.

Rochelle Jake, 45, says she thought the Indian Health Service should be responsible for her health care, not Obamacare.

Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News

As a member of the Navajo tribe, Rochelle Jake has received free care through the Indian Health Service her entire life. The IHS clinics took care of her asthma, allergies and eczema — chronic problems, nothing urgent.

Recently, though, she felt sharp pains in her side. Her doctor recommended an MRI and other tests she couldn’t get through IHS. To pay for them, he urged her to sign up for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

“I couldn’t wrap my

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2015/09/02/435581014/spreading-the-word-obamacare-is-for-native-americans-too?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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