Serving Washington’s Native Population: Urban Indian, American Indian, and Alaskan Native
Since our founding, Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) has worked to treat each of our members as a whole person. That means respecting the individual needs, experiences, and goals of our members.
We meet members where they are and offer high-quality services in their own community. For members who identify as a Native American or Alaska Native, your care will be covered whether you choose to see a Tribal Health provider or one of our network providers.
There are 29 federally recognized tribes in Washington. Each tribe is unique, and every American Indian or Alaskan Native-identified person experiences their culture in their own way. Respect for cultural identity is at the core of our community-driven approach to care.
Our Tribal Liaison, Natalie Christopherson, is based out of Moses Lake and is a member of the Cherokee Nation. She is here to advocate for your needs and be a resource for you.
Benefits of a CHPW health plan
CHPW offers resources to help members be in control of their own health.
In addition to primary care, specialty care, and prescription drug coverage, we draw on state and community-based services to help members stay healthy in between checkups. We believe that health is more than just being able to see a provider, and part of our job as your health plan is to help you access all the services you may need.
You do not have copays when you get a covered or approved service from an in-network provider. CHPW offers full access to Apple Health services, which include:
- Preventive care: screenings, check-ups, immunizations
- Diabetic supplies
- Elder care
- Eye exams
- Outpatient mental health care
- Integrated mental health and substance use care
- Women’s health services and family planning
- Help navigating the health system and getting your needs met
- Help connecting you with community-based services and resources
Each CHPW member also has access to rewards programs and extra benefits.
We Acknowledge Our Daily Lives Take Place on Tribal Lands
As Washington residents, our daily lives take place on the lands of Indigenous people. They cared for this land for thousands of years before it was stolen from them. Yet Washington’s Indigenous people survive and thrive today, and are a model of courage, resilience, and community.
- CHPW’s headquarters in Seattle is on the traditional lands of the Duwamish Tribe. Seattle is covered by the Treaty of Point Elliott, signed under duress in 1855.
- Our Spokane office is on the traditional lands of the Spokane Tribe of Indians and The Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation.
- Our Southwest office is on the traditional lands of the Cowlitz Tribe.
- Our Greater Columbia office is on the traditional lands of Yakama Nation and The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation.
- Our North Sound office is on the traditional lands of the Coastal Salish.
All treaties included the promise of health care. Therefore, CHPW’s work is not only a service, but a responsibility. We pledge to support our AI/AN neighbors as we work together towards healthy communities.
CHPW has an extensive network of providers, clinics, hospitals, and pharmacies across the state. When someone chooses us as their health plan, we take that responsibility seriously. We appreciate the trust our members place in us to be their partner in health.