Serving Washington’s Native Population: Urban Indian, American Indian, and Alaska Natives
When someone chooses us as their health plan, we take that responsibility seriously. We appreciate the trust our members place in us to be their partner in health. From the beginning, we’ve worked to treat each of our members as a whole person, and we advocate for each member’s individual health. That means respecting their individual needs, experiences, and goals to offer high-quality care and access to local resources.
We meet members in their own communities. American Indian and Alaska Native members will be covered whether you choose to see a Tribal Health provider or one of our network providers.
There are 29 federally recognized Tribes in Washington. Each tribe is unique, and every American Indian and Alaska Native person experiences their culture in their own way. Respect for cultural identity is at the core of our community-driven approach to care.
Benefits of a CHNW Cascade Select plan
CHNW offers resources to help members be in control of their own health. In addition to primary care, specialty care, and prescription drug coverage, we draw on state and local social services to help members stay healthy in between checkups. We believe that health is more than just being able to see a provider, and part of our job as your health plan is to help you access all the services you may need.
You do not have copays when you get a covered or approved service from an in-network provider. We offer full access to medical services, which include:
- Preventive Care: screenings, checkups, immunizations
- Diabetic supplies
- Eye exams
- Inpatient mental health care
- Integrated mental health and substance use care, including MAT therapy
- Care Managers who can help you navigate the health system and advocate for you
Behavioral Health and Substance Use Resources
Taking care of your emotional and mental health is just as important as taking care of your physical health. Many people struggle with mental health or substance use issues during their lifetime.
As a health plan, our approach is treat your whole health. We can help you access resources to treat behavioral health or substance use issues. You can see any of our in-network providers without a referral. Use the links below to find more information.
Learn more about behavioral health services.
If you are having a crisis, talk to a crisis counselor.
Meet Natalie, Tribal Liaison
Our Tribal Liaison, Natalie Christopherson, is based out of Moses Lake and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. She is here to advocate for your needs and be a resource for you.
Here’s Natalie in her own words: “I get to combine my education with my personal upbringing and interests to serve our tribal members. This role enables me to work with our CHCs, and other Indian Health Providers to connect our tribal members with quality health care and appropriate resources to ensure that whole-person care is extended to our tribal communities.”
We Acknowledge Our Daily Lives Take Place on Tribal Lands
As Washington residents, our daily lives take place on the lands of Indigenous people. They cared for this land for thousands of years before it was stolen from them. Yet Washington’s Indigenous people survive and thrive today, and are a model of courage, resilience, and community.
- CHNW’s headquarters in Seattle is on the traditional lands of the Duwamish Tribe. Seattle is covered by the Treaty of Point Elliott, signed under duress in 1855.
- Our Spokane office is on the traditional lands of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and The Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation.
- Our Southwest office is on the traditional lands of the Cowlitz Tribe.
- Our Greater Columbia office is on the traditional lands of Yakama Nation and The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation.
- Our North Sound office is on the traditional lands of the Coastal Salish.
All treaties included the promise of health care. Therefore, CHNW’s work is not only a service, but a responsibility. We pledge to support our AI/AN neighbors as we work together towards healthy communities.