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IHS to host 2 Medicaid, Medicare enrollment events

ROSEBUD (AP) — The Indian Health Service will be hosting two events next week on Indian reservations in South Dakota to help eligible individuals enroll in Medicaid and Medicare.

The events are scheduled for Thursday on the Rosebud Indian Reservation and Friday on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

The Indian Health Service, commonly referred to as IHS, is responsible for providing health care services to members of Native American tribes through a network of hospitals and clinics across the country. The agency's top leader, principal deputy director Mary Smith, is expected to attend both events.

The IHS launched an effort last month aimed at getting tribal members who qualify for Medicaid and Medicare to enroll in those programs. IHS facilities can bill those programs for services provided to enrolled patients.