DOH Oral Health Programs in New York State

American Indian Health Program

Under Public Health Law Section 201(1)(s), the Department of Health is directed to "administer to the medical and health needs of the ambulant sick and needy Indians on reservations". The American Indian Health Program provides access to primary medical care, dental care and preventive health services for approximately 15,000 Native Americans living in reservation communities. Health care is provided to enrolled members of nine recognized American Indian nations in New York State through contracts with three hospitals and one community health center. The program covers payment for prescription drugs, durable medical equipment, laboratory services and contracts with Indian nations for on-site primary care services.