Cherokee Nation Council expands hearing aid program | News

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TAHLEQUAH – The Council of the Cherokee Nation on Monday approved a proposal by Senior Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. to extend the Cherokee Nation Health Services Hearing Aid Program to citizens of the Cherokee Nation who live anywhere in the United States.

The Hearing Aid Expansion Act of 2022 expands the jurisdictional limits of the Cherokee Nation Health Services Hearing Aid Program to any citizen of the Cherokee Nation living in the United States, provided the citizen receives a hearing screening in one of the tribe’s health facilities.

“The Hearing Aid Expansion Act of 2022 is another exciting step in our efforts to expand more tribal services to citizens who live off the Cherokee Nation Reservation,” Chief Hoskin said. “Hearing aids can be expensive to acquire, but by opening this program to all Cherokees who live in the United States, we hope we will be able to alleviate some of the additional financial burdens and constraints that would otherwise limit our Cherokee citizens.”

At-Large Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilor Johnny Jack Kidwell originally proposed the idea of ​​expanding the program to Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner.

“Chief Hoskin and I are always looking for new ways to remove barriers and improve access to services for more Cherokees across the country,” Deputy Chief Bryan Warner said. “With the support of the Council of the Cherokee Nation, including Councilor Kidwell, who sponsored this initiative, our expansion will improve health care outcomes for so many Cherokees, and their better health will also mean a better quality of life. I think it’s a goal we can all achieve and support.

The Cherokee Nation Health Services Audiology Department saw more than 5,400 patients in 2021. The proposed expansion to general citizens in the United States would be funded by revenue generated by Cherokee Nation businesses.

“I am proud to have sponsored this legislation as it was presented to my colleagues on the Council of the Cherokee Nation,” said At-Large Councilor Johnny Jack Kidwell. “We are always looking for more opportunities to expand services to our Cherokee citizens who live outside of the reservation area, so this expansion supported by Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Warner is very welcome news. I really appreciate that the administration supported this idea and worked with the Health Services team and the Board to achieve this great milestone for the citizens of At-Large. »

In 2020, Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner also created a voucher program to help general Cherokee citizens who receive an exam and prescription from a Cherokee Nation Health Services facility to purchase new eyeglasses. .

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