Open Enrollment: November 1, 2015- January 31, 2016

Individuals eligible for services from an Indian Health Care provider (I.H.S., tribal or urban Indian program) may enroll in health insurance through the Marketplace from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Enrolled members of federally recognized tribes, including shareholders of Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Corporations, are eligible for enrollment on a monthly basis and do not need to wait for the open enrollment period. To learn more about the options available go to, visit a local I.H.S., tribal or urban Indian clinic, or go to

Enrollment Success Stories

The Indian Health Service Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee’s National Indian Health Outreach & Education project has collected success stories on the positive impacts of enrollment of tribal members in the Marketplace. To read these amazing stories, click here.

Exemption Available for American Indians and Alaska Natives from Individual Shared Responsibility Payment

Enrolled members of federally recognized tribes, including shareholders of ANCSA Corporations, and individuals eligible for services from an Indian Health Care provider are eligible to apply for an exemption from the individual shared responsibility payment (penalty) for not having minimum essential coverage by March 31, 2014.  Eligible individuals may apply for an exemption by completing a paper application. American Indians and Alaska Natives who did not claim an exemption on their 2014 tax return or receive an exemption number through the application process, may be subject to an individual shared responsibility payment in 2015 (for 2014 tax year).

Resources for Tribal Employers

The IRS is offering a webinar series on the Affordable Care Provisions for Employers and Coverage Providers. The next webinars are scheduled in September, 2015. For more information and to register, click here.

Prerecorded IRS webinar on Employer Shared Responsibility Provision, available here.

Prerecorded IRS webinar on Affordable Care Act: Information Reporting by Applicable Large Employers on Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage IRC 6056, available here.

Insurance Marketplace Sponsorship Calculator for American Indians and Alaska Natives

Tribes interested in a premium sponsorship program can estimate the costs and benefits of buying insurance using the insurance marketplace sponsorship calculator. A user tutorial provides step-by-step instruction on how to use the calculator. Click here to go to to the marketplace sponsorship calculator.

Recent Webinars

Federal Employee Health Benefits Program webinar is available here.

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