Reimbursement Programs

Elder Benefit Program

The Elder Benefit Program reimburses tribal elders 65 years and older up to $500 per fiscal year for out-of-pocket medical expenses. Out-of-pocket medical expenses that are reimbursable under this program are those that are medically necessary, but not covered by insurance or if no insurance coverage is present.  Office visit co-pays(medical, dental, vision, chiropractic), prescription co-pays, medical equipment (such as blood-glucose monitors, blood pressure monitors, etc.),eye-glasses, hearing aids, dentures are examples of the out-of-pocket medical expenses that can be reimbursed through this program.

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Disability Reimbursement Program

The Disability Reimbursement Program is a new program created for those tribal members who are between the ages of 18 and 64 who are totally disabled.  Like the Elder Benefit Program, this program reimburses eligible tribal members for out-of-pocket medical expenses that are medically necessary, that are not covered by insurance or if no insurance coverage is present.

Office visit co-pays (medical, dental, vision, chiropractic), prescription co-pays, medical equipment (such as blood-glucose monitors, blood pressure monitors, etc.), eye-glasses, hearing aids, dentures are examples of the out-of-pocket medical expenses that can be reimbursed through this program.

To be eligible for this program, tribal members must meet the following definition of totally disabled as defined by the federal government:

  1. lacks the ability to engage in any substantial gainful activity;
  2. the incapacity is due to one or more medically determinable physical or mental impairments; and
  3. the incapacity has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of at least 12 months or to result in death.

Important things to remember for the Elder Reimbursement Program and the Disability Reimbursement Program:

  • These programs run on fiscal year, which begins October 1st and ends September 30th of each year.  
  • Each year you will need to resubmit an application to reload your card or to get your first card.
  • $500 is the maximum benefit allowable per tribal member per fiscal year.

Veterans Benefit

The tribe is now offering a benefit card to all veterans. It will work just like the elders and disability benefit card. Veterans will receive a debit card, pre-loaded with $500 to help with healthcare expenses. If you are an elder and a veteran, you will receive an additional $250, a total of $750 on your card.

Veterans need to apply through the Enrollment Office and provide proof of your honorable or medical discharge, or current service status.

"This is just a small way to show our veterans that their tribe appreciates them and their families for all they have sacrificed," Chief Lankford said.

If you have additional questions, please contact Tera Hatley at 918-541-1324. 

Download the application form here.

Download the list of Eligible and Ineligible Over-the-Counter Expenses