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    Are you exempt from the Affordable Care Act because you are a citizen of a federally recognized tribe?

     Okla. – Health Insurance coverage has not always been a familiar term within Indian Health Country.  The unfamiliarity could be linked back to treaties made in 1787 between federally recognized Tribes and the United States Government.  The treaties obligated the United States Government to provide health care services to Tribal members at no cost to the patient, in exchange for land that belonged to the Tribes.  Due to this obligation, there was no apparent reason for an American Indian or Alaska Native to purchase any additional health insurance coverage.

    Source nativetimes.com

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