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Health Plan Partnership Aims to Boost Care for Native Americans

A merger between Tribal First and American Indian Health Services plans to increase health plan access and care quality for Native American nationwide.

A health plan partnership aims to increase care quality for Native Americans

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By Thomas Beaton

- A merger between Tribal First (a subsidiary of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services) and American Indian Health Services (AIHS) will combine two national leaders in providing quality care to Native Americans, the organizations announced in a press release.

The merger brings together Tribal First’s Tribal Care Program, a health program that works alongside Indian Health Services (IHS) to deliver cost-effective coverage to tribes across the country, with the AIHS’s expertise in care quality, healthcare design, and provider networks.

Tribal First currently provides insurance, risk-management, and employee consulting services for more than 400 tribes. The payer sees the merger as an opportunity to expand its capabilities to provide low-cost healthcare that creates positive health outcomes.

“Access to quality, affordable healthcare continues to play a significant role in Tribal First’s mission as we expand our reach and service profile,” said Sean McConlogue, President of Alliant Specialty Insurance Services. “AIHS is an organization that has consistently improved the lives of Native Americans nationwide by reducing healthcare costs and developing strategies that have a significant positive impact on the community.”

Leaders at AIHS also believe that the merger will increase their capabilities to deliver high-quality care.

“Our mission at AIHS is simple: to improve the lives of American Indian and Alaska Native people through the timely access to appropriate healthcare,” said Brendan McKenna, President of AIHS.

“Tribal First, with its reach and scale, will enable us to further this mission through the deployment of high-caliber people and products that directly address the needs of tribes and their respective communities.”

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