Report shows disparity in health insurance, access to care for Native Americans

Although 6.5 percent of Montanans are Native Americans, they constitute only 1.7 percent of health insurance marketplace enrollees, a new report shows.

Released Thursday, the "Breaking Barriers: Improving Health Insurance Enrollment and Access to Health Care in Montana" report also showed that health insurance does not necessarily translate into quality care, with only 27 percent of Native Americans and Alaska Natives surveyed saying that they have a primary care physician and about 50 percent saying that they waited more than two weeks for an appointment.


Katie Sutton