March 13, 2019
Cooweescoowee Health Center hosts March 20 event
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation continues its effort to enroll Cherokee children for SoonerCare during an event March 20 at Cooweescoowee Health Center in Ochelata.
As part of the enrollment effort, health officials are giving away one tablet per family who is new to enrolling in SoonerCare or within 30 days of their expiration to re-enroll. Families must also be Cherokee Nation citizens or Cherokee Nation Health Services patients.
SoonerCare is an added security for qualifying families who might need certain specialized care or face an emergency and need medical attention while away from the Cherokee Nation health system.
“The Cherokee Nation has increased its focus on educating our patients on the importance of enrolling in insurance programs, such as SoonerCare and Medicaid, because it benefits families and helps our entire tribe,” said Rick Kelly, Cherokee Nation’s senior director of health finance and SoonerCare Campaign committee member. “Through a grant, we were able to establish a call center, hire more patient benefit coordinators and do outreach in the communities.”
The enrollment event will be at the Cooweescoowee Health Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 20. Enrollment takes about 20 minutes per family. Bring a photo ID or tribal citizenship card.
Families of four must not exceed $52,716 per the Oklahoma Health Care Authority guidelines, and children 19 and under are eligible for SoonerCare (See www.okha.org/programs.)
Tablet devices will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, one per household for qualifying families who successfully enroll.
Other enrollment tablet giveaway events will be held throughout the tribe’s 14-county health centers through May.
Since 2016, the Cherokee Nation has enrolled more than 6,000 uninsured Cherokee and Native children in SoonerCare after receiving a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The goal of the “Get in the Game, Get Covered” SoonerCare campaign is to lower the uninsured rate of Cherokee children to that of the national average of 6 percent.
For more information, call 1-844-749-GAME or visit www.cherokeecare.com.