September 4, 2021
For Tribal Members in Oklahoma, Medicaid Expansion Improves Access to Specialty Care
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — There’s a saying in Indian Country: “Don’t get sick after June.”
The warning alludes to a problem that has long dogged the Indian Health Service, which provides government medical care to 2.2 million of the 3.7 million American Indians and Alaska Natives in the nation and which is routinely criticized for providing substandard care.
A lack of medical expertise and specialists often forces members of tribal communities to seek treatment outside the system, with no guarantee fro