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MNsure Education and Enrollment Provided at Free Community Lunch Feb. 25 at MCT Headquarters

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe members interested in learning more about MNsure, the new health care market place, are invited to a free community lunch at the MCT offices on Tues., Feb. 25 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Phil Norrgard, Director of Fond du Lac Human Services and MNsure Board Member, will share information and answer questions about MNsure and how it can benefit American Indians. “I’m thrilled that MNsure and the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe are partnering to raise awareness of the benefits for Minnesota’s American Indians,” Norrgard said. “The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe is an important and valued community partner.”

MCT Navigators will be onsite to assist people in applying for insurance through the MNsure website. American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network staff will provide an overview of health legislation in Minnesota.

“The evidence is clear. There is a direct connection between an individual’s health and their access to affordable health coverage,” explained Matt Schafer, the Minnesota State Government Relations Director for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network. “Additionally, Minnesota has a serious problem with health disparities particularly within the Native American population and one way we can address that is by preserving and expanding access to affordable health coverage to all Minnesotans. By enrolling for health coverage through MNsure, some families may qualify for financial assistance to help buy a plan that will meet their needs.”

“In some health areas American Indians have the highest disparities, especially cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and chemical dependency related issues," said Linda Johnston, Director of Human Services, Minnesota Chippewa Tribe. Johnston oversees two trained MNsure Navigators available to serve the 40,000 MCT members.

MCT members are asked to preregister for the lunch no later than Feb. 21 by calling Shauna Four Star at 335-8586 x 131 or going online to http://www.acscan.org/MNsureMCT.

MCT offices are located one mile south of Cass Lake on Hwy 371.

 

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