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The Samish Health Department includes Purchased & Referred Care (formerly Contract Health) and Public Health & Diabetes. Both departments offer a range of services to assist with the health & wellness needs of Samish Tribal Members.

  • Public Health & Diabetes: The Samish Indian Nation Health Program offers a varied scope of services to assist with the health and wellness needs of our Tribal Members. Public Health’s award winning Diabetes Project delivers ongoing case management outreach and support for Samish members with diabetes.

  • Purchased & Referred Care: Enrolled members of the Samish Indian Nation whose permanent residence is within a ten county region (Whatcom, Skagit, Kitsap, Snohomish, King, Island, San Juan, Pierce, Jefferson and Clallam) are eligible for Purchased and Referred Care Services. In order to access this assistance, clients must register with the PRC office, and abide by the Samish PRC program guidelines. In general, PRC may pay for physician and other health professional services, dental services, prescriptions, vision care, physical therapy, hearing aids and mental health services.

Samish Health Blog

So you think you are ready to retire?

by Mitch Markovich | Mar 01, 2017

Which road can you take at this stage of retirement planning: work? or retire?

If you have been considering retirement from your employment, one of the considerations in your budget will be health care costs.

If you are turning 65 years old, you will be eligible for Medicare, a reasonably affordable health coverage plan. Medicare is not free, and there are numerous services that are not covered (vision, dental). Even the covered services are only covered at 80%, after deductibles. You may wish to enhance your coverage with a Medicare Supplement, a Medicare Advantage Plan, a prescription coverage (Part D). Joanne is trained as a SHIBA (State Health Insurance Benefits Advisor) volunteer, and can assist you with your Medicare signup process. Making the wrong choices can cost you for a long time to come.

If you are under 65 years old, you are generally not eligible for Medicare. You may discover, as some folks have, that purchasing health insurance for coverage until you are Medicare eligible will be quite expensive. Even finding subsidized insurance plans through the HealthPlanFinder (HPF) of the Washington State Health Care Authority will still be costly. People have found that basic insurance premiums can run from $ 400-600 per month. Pricing on the HPF varies based on income and age.

Other options for “early retiree” health insurance may be to continue coverage through the former employer (COBRA); through memberships in professional organizations or other groups such as church groups, AARP, etc.

If your income is low enough, you may be eligible for Washington’s Apple Health, at no cost to you. Apple Health and the subsidized health plans can be applied for through the Washington State HPF. Call Joanne for assistance 360-899-5454.

As a friendly reminder, Indian Health Services are not an insurance. By law, they are the payer of last resort.

General Council

Anacortes | Dates: 25 Jun, 2017
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Offices Closed - June 30th

Dates: 30 Jun – 30 Jun, 2017
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Birch Bay Waterslides

Blaine | Dates: 01 – 01 Jul, 2017
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Samish Island cemetery clean up

Bow | Dates: 08 – 08 Jul, 2017
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Cultural Boat Tour

Anacortes | Dates: 15 – 15 Jul, 2017
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July Council Meeting

Anacortes | Dates: 22 Jul, 2017
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Mariners Salute to Native American Day

Seattle | Dates: 22 – 22 Jul, 2017
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Canoe Journey Landing at Samish

Anacortes | Dates: 23 – 23 Jul, 2017
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Tobacco-Free 5k Fun Run/1 Mile Walk

Anacortes | Dates: 05 – 05 Aug, 2017
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August Council Meeting

Anacortes | Dates: 19 Aug, 2017
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Wild Waves

Federal Way | Dates: 20 – 20 Aug, 2017
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Cultural Boat Tour

Anacortes | Dates: 09 – 09 Sep, 2017
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September Council Meeting

Anacortes | Dates: 16 Sep, 2017
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Cultural Class - Fall Cultural Day

Anacortes | Dates: 30 – 30 Sep, 2017
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Health Fair

Anacortes | Dates: 07 – 07 Oct, 2017
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October Council Meeting

Anacortes | Dates: 14 Oct, 2017
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Culture Class – Beading

Anacortes | Dates: 21 – 22 Oct, 2017
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November Council Meeting

Anacortes | Dates: 04 Nov, 2017
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Harvest Dinner

Anacortes | Dates: 04 – 04 Nov, 2017
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December Council Meeting

Anacortes | Dates: 09 Dec, 2017
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Tribal Christmas Party

Anacortes | Dates: 10 – 10 Dec, 2017
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Offices Closed - New Year's Observed

Dates: 01 Jan, 2018 – 01 Jan, 2021
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