If you're an American Indian or an Alaska Native, you may have new health coverage benefits and protections from Nevada Health Link.
Some benefits are available to members of federally recognized tribes or Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Corporation shareholders. See the list of federally recognized tribes.
Others are available to people of Indian descent or otherwise eligible for services from the Indian Health Service (also known as an Indian hospital or Public Health Service (PHS)), a tribal organization, or an urban Indian health organization.
Nevada Health Link health insurance plans
While you're not exempt from paying monthly premiums for an insurance plan you buy through Nevada Health Link, like all Americans you may qualify for tax credits that lower your premiums based on your income.
- If you buy a Nevada Health Link plan and your income is between 100% and 300% of the federal poverty level, you can enroll in a zero cost sharing plan.
- If you get services from an Indian Health Care Provider, you won't have any out-of-pocket costs.
- You can enroll in a Nevada Health Link health insurance plan any time, not just during the yearly Open Enrollment Period. You can change plans as often as once a month.
Medicaid & Nevada Check Up benefits for Tribal members and Alaska natives
- Indian tribe members and ANCSA shareholders also have special protections and benefits under Medicaid and Nevada Check Up
- These benefits include paying no premiums or out-of-pocket costs for Medicaid coverage if you qualify
Eligibility for services from the Indian Health Service, tribal organization, or urban Indian health organization
- You may qualify for Medicaid and Nevada Check Up more easily. You have special cost and eligibility rules for Medicaid and Nevada Check Up that make it easier to qualify for these programs.
- You don't pay out-of-pocket costs for Indian health programs
Indian Health Services and Nevada Health Link insurance
If you enroll in a private health insurance plan through Nevada Health Link:
You can get (or keep getting) services from the Indian Health Service, tribal health programs (also known as tribal 638 contracts or tribal health clinics), or urban Indian health programs
You can also get services from any providers on the Nevada Health Link plan