Tribe on way toward managing Medicaid program

February 10, 2013 • State News

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Navajo Nation officials say they are on their way toward managing their own federally funded Medicaid program.

The Farmington Daily Times reports ( that the nation began looking into creating its own Medicaid program about five years ago because of issues some tribal members had with other health care programs available in New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.

Navajo Nation Department of Health officials are optimistic that the tribe can sustain its own Medicaid program, even though a feasibility study wasn’t as optimistic.

“Basically, what they indicated was if the Navajo Nation wanted to do it, it could do it,” said Login to read more

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