Did you receive a letter from the NCDHHS regarding the EBCI Tribal Option?

June 15, 2021

EBCI enrolled members and others eligible for care at IHS facilities may be receiving a letter from the NC Department of Health and Human Services regarding enrollment in the EBCI Tribal Option.

If the letter asks you to choose a PCP and you already have a PCP(Primary Care Provider) assigned through NCDHHS, then NCDHHS will assign you to the same PCP.

If you do not have a PCP assigned, then you can select one. If you do not select one, one will be auto-assigned to you after 7/1/21.

You will continue to receive services and care in the same way that you have been receiving them.

In short, there is nothing you need to do.

If you want to choose a new health plan or NC Medicaid Direct or no longer want to be with your current PCP, you can do so at anytime.

For more information, you can visit ncmedicaidplans.gov or call 1.833.870.5500

For more information regarding the EBCI Tribal Option, you can call 1.800.260.9992.

ᎢᏣᏓᏂᎸᏍᏗ! (Welcome!)

The EBCI Tribal Option is an Indian Managed Care Entity (IMCE). We have contracted with NCDHHS to participate in North Carolina Medicaid and Health Choice Programs. That allows us to provide managed care for federally recognized Tribal members and other individuals eligible to receive Indian Health Services.

Where members find complete health coverage and healthcare service coordination.

“As a Tribal Organization, Cherokee Indian Hospital Authority (CIHA) is committed to improving the health of the American Indian/Alaskan Native population by eliminating barriers to care and developing trusting relationships with our patients,” said Casey Cooper, Chief Executive Officer, CIHA. “With the support of the North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, we will reduce health disparities while exercising our tribal sovereignty and self-determination.”

EBCI Tribal Option, like all of CIHA, is founded on principles such as U wa shv u da nv te lv (“the one who gives from their heart”) and Di qwa ste li I yu n(i) s di (“like my own family to me”). By leveraging the strength of the Tribal community and regional partners, eligible Tribal members can maximize their Medicaid health benefits—all within a fully integrated health system that’s culturally sensitive and provides the highest levels of care.

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