With the 2017 calendar year underway, the Osage Nation is informing interested constituents of the health benefit card program available to enrolled Osages for assistance in defraying some health expenditures during the year.
Information, including downloadable forms for first-time enrollment or re-enrollment in the health benefit card program are available on the ON website at: www.osagenation-nsn.gov/member-services/health-benefits-information
According to the Nation, the 2017 health benefit card limits are as follows:
- Individuals under age 65 will receive a $500 maximum benefit this year. Also, if the individual has any remaining balances from both 2015 and 2016, then the 2017 total accumulated allowable benefit is $1,500 per individual.
- Seniors over age 65 as of Jan. 1 will receive a $1,000 maximum benefit this year. If the individual has any remaining balances from both 2015 and 2016, then the 2017 total accumulated allowable benefit is $3,000 per senior individual.
Also in regards to remaining health benefit card balances that are rollover amounts from 2015 and 2016, the rollover amounts will not be available until after Feb. 1 to allow for all enrollments to be processed and files updated, according to the Nation’s update on the health card program.
Other documents available on the Nation’s website include a list of eligible health expenses covered by the health benefit card program and downloadable forms for reimbursement requests and consent/ release information forms.
The Nation has a third-party contract with HealthSmart, which is the health benefit card program administrator. For assistance and inquiries regarding the Nation’s health benefit card program, contact HealthSmart directly at (844) 207-3905