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Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board Quarterly Meeting Skagit Valley Resort & Casino October 17, 2012. Lummi Nation Welcomes Health Reform. Establishment of the Lummi Nation Health & Wellness Reform Task Force. Purpose of the Task Force.

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Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Quarterly Meeting

Skagit Valley Resort & Casino

October 17, 2012

Lummi Nation Welcomes Health Reform


Purpose of the Task Force

  • Secure the maximum benefit available from the National Health Reform Initiative consistent with Lummi members health care needs.
  • To Seek Benefits including:
    • Expansion of health care services to all Tribal members Elimination of the barrier of income to accessing health care consistent with identified need.
    • Establishment of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Programs& Services.

Development of the

Strategic Plan

  • Evaluate Costs
    • Determine population by collecting data from Clinic & Behavioral Health Systems
    • Work with State to determine number and level of service provided to Lummi children, pregnant women, parents, seniors and individuals with disabilities.
    • Identify and Estimate the cost of the uninsured Tribal Members
  • Review and analyze all aspects of health care provided by the Lummi Government
  • Pursue Formal Accreditation including Public Health

Community Involvement

  • Coordinate Lummi Community Listening Sessions
  • Identify Lummi Nation’s Health Reform Public Education needs.
  • Gather public comments about Lummi Nation Health Care Systems
  • Plan for community review of the draft strategic plan as developed.
  • Identify the need for community involvement in annual performance evaluation.

Task Force Membership

  • Two (2) Members of the Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC)
  • Three (3) Members of the Health and Family Services Commission
  • Tribal Health and Family Services Administration, Managers and Staff
  • Support Staff – From Lummi Nation Treasurer’s Division

Lummi Nation Health

System Overview

  • Lummi Nation Health Systems Service Entities
  • Ambulatory Health Clinic – Physical and Dental Health Services
  • Contract Health Care – Referred Care – Hospitalization, Hospice, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Oral Surgeon, Orthodontics, optometrists.
  • Specialty Clinics, Geriatrics, Diabetic, STD Awareness
  • Behavioral Heath Division – Mental Health, Substance Abuse
  • Lummi Nation Self-Funded Employee Health Insurance Plan

Lummi Nation Health

Outreach Services

  • Lummi Nation Schools
  • Head Start and Day Care Center
  • Little Bear Creek Senior Living Center
  • Youth Academy Residential Services
  • Se-Ye-Chen Youth Home
  • Self-Funded Employee Health Insurance Plan -1200 employees of Tribal government, College and Enterprises.

Tribal Members & Health Care Insurance Coverage

  • *Members of Federally Recognized Tribes who have had Health Services appointments at LNTHC in the last three years
  • **CHS Eligible – Patients whose assessment determined that no other sources of payment for medically necessary health care is available.
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Lummi Planning Assumptions
  • Critical planning assumptions
  • Most Lummi Tribal members will be eligible for subsidized health care insurance through the Federally Mandated/State operated Health Insurance Benefit.
  • Most Lummi Tribal members will not see the need to secure additional health care insurance at their own expense.
  • Most Lummi Tribal members would not be able to compare plan services and costs and select one.
  • Most Lummi Tribal members will not be aware of their rights provided by the ACA, which incudes the following:
    • Limits individual tax penalties, co-pays to persons over 300% of FPL,
    • Prohibits managed care plans, more than monthly enrollment periods
    • Allows the I/T/U system billing of Qualified Health Plans for services provided to Tribal participants.
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Identifying/Tracking Income
  • Lummi Nation will need to add income as a major component in their health planning activities.
    • Lummi needs to track tribal member income ranges in order to successfully mange their health care cost recovery activities.
    • Tribal Enrollment status is still critical but other categorical qualifications have been eliminated.
    • Lummi will need to develop the capability to move tribal members from Medicaid (0 to 133% of FPL) to subsidized insurance (134% of FPL to 300% of FPL) without interrupting Health Services - based on their income as a percentage of the Federal Poverty Levels.
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Tribal/State/Federal Development Coordination
  • Lummi Nation is involved, at the federal level, through CMS TTAG and at the state level, through the Washington State American Indian Health Commission.
  • H.B. 2319 Washington State law authorizing the development of the State Health Benefit Exchange requires Tribal consultation.
  • Lummi Nation is concerned that State Exchanges will not support waivers & prohibitions provided to Indians in the ACA
  • Tribal Leaders know the Federal government will create the Health exchange plans in several states.
  • Unanswered questions – Affordability of Employer Plans & Spouse & Dependents Coverage
  • Coverage of incarcerated individuals.
  • Requiring Qualified Health Plans to contract with Tribal Health Systems as Providers.

Qualified Health Plans (QHP’s)

  • Lummi Nation is interested in participating in Qualified Health Plans as a provider of Health Care Services.
  • All Tribes must be able to participate as providers in approved qualified health plans.
  • Tribal leaders have tried to get federal regulators to identify Federally funded health care services as essential community service providers but have not been successful.
  • Federal regulators have stated that they will review closely how the plans incorporate members of the I/T/U services systems.
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Lummi Strategic Plan Component Assumptions
  • Tribes must have the option of sponsoring Tribal members as insurance customers of Qualified Health Plans.
  • Coordinate Develop and Implement a Plan of how to utilize benefits coordinators to get people enrolled or determine eligibility for a plan
  • Special provisions and rights of tribal members will not be part of Navigator programs designed to assist the general public.
  • Tribal members will expect Tribe to provide this level of assistance.
  • Lummi Nation will have to collect and protect income information from it’s membership.


Cheryl Sanders – [email protected]

Maureen R. Kinley – [email protected]

Jerry Folsom – [email protected]