Help Yourself, Help Your Tribe SEE IF YOU QUALIFY FOR A $0 COST HEALTH PLAN AT NO COST TO YOU OR YOUR TRIBE 2021 Open Enrollment OPEN ENROLLMENT Oct. 15–Dec. 7, 2020 OPEN ENROLLMENT Nov. 1–Dec. 15, 2020 • Patient Benefit Advocates and our contracted benefit advisers can help you qualify for a $0 cost health plan via Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicare. • You may also qualify for extra benefits such as Dental (including dentures or major services), Vision (exam/lenses), Hearing Aids, and more! • Enrolling in a health plan expedites the Purchase & Referred Care referral process, providing you immediate access to specialized healthcare services and gives you peace of mind when you travel at zero cost to you and our tribal community, if eligible. • Per Purchase/Referred Care guidelines, all Native American patients must apply for all available resources, if elegible. • Contact a Patient Benefit Advocate to see if you are eligible for Native American Cost-Savings under the Affordable Care Act. Did You Know? • The Tribe is only funded approximately 40% of cost to render care to patients? Most people think it is funded 100%. • To add services, equipment, or help more people, we need your assistance. • By signing up for a zero cost plan, you allow the tribe to bill for services and to be reimbursed by insurance companies. This frees up more dollars to help those who are not eligible for a zero cost plan helping Purchase & Referred Care d o l l a r s go further. We Can Help, Contact a Patient Benefit Advocate Little Axe Health Center, 405.447.0300 Shawnee Health Center, 405.878.5850 A contracted benefit adviser is also available to assist our tribal community with their open enrollment options free-of-cost.
Get Your Flu Vaccine AFTER HOURS FLU SHOT CLINIC AT LAHC ONLY 4:30pm-6:30pm / Walk-In basis 15951 Little Axe Drive, Norman, OK. 73026 October 8 October 15 October 22 October 29 November 5 All ASTHS clinics will administer flu shots during regular business hours, including Shawnee Walk-In Clinic and PlusCare.  *Shawnee Walk-In Clinic and PlusCare ages 4 yrs and up. For more information please call 405.447.0300
COVID-19 EXPRESS DRIVE-THRU TESTING EVENTS Tuesday, September 29th 5:30-6:30 @ LAHC Wednesday, September 30th 5:30-6:30 @ Shawnee Clinic
GONE SAVIN' LIVES- Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System Blood Drive Thursday, Aug. 27, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Bloodmobile at 15951 Little Axe Dr., Norman, OK. 73026 To schedule an appointment, call Admin. Desk at 405.447.0300 Donors receive a coupon for a FREE Honey Butter Chicken Biscuit at Whataburger.  Every donor can receive a free COVID-19 antibody test* *test results will be mailed post donation. *This test has not been FDA cleard or approved. It has been authorized by the FDA under an EUA (Emergency Use Authorization) for use by authorized laboratories. This test has been authorized only for the detection of the IgG antibody against SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. *Must be 18-years-old or older to receive the antibody test. Blood drives will be managed according to CDC safety reccomendations.  All donors receive a Gone Savin' Lives t-shirt* and their choice of the following tickets: One entry to Oklahoma Science Museum Two entries to Safari Joe's H2O One entry for Frontier City 877.340.8777   
NOTICE: WEEKLY COVID-19 DRIVE-THRU & ANTIBODY TESTING   LITTLE AXE HEALTH CENTER, 405.447.0300 COVID-19 Drive-thru testing available on Tuesdays from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm ANTIBODY testing available on Thursdays from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm   SHAWNEE CLINIC, 405.878.5850 COVID-19 Drive-thru testing available on Wednesdays from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm Testing is open to the public. For inquiries regarding testing please call: 405.695.1787   For Your Visit PLEASE... Bring proper idenification Remain in your vehicle   For Antibody Testing... Wear a mask Be prepared to have blood drawn Those not being tested will not be allowed entry into the clinic Testing is available to anyone ages 10 and older  
Youth Virtual Suicide Prevention Talent Show Open to Native Youth ages 12-24 years old. Participants wanting to enter may request the talent show paperwork from Margo @ 405.701.7995 or All videos and release forms are due by July 16th @5pm. Each participant will receive a prize and all videos will be posted to social media. 
Great news! AST Health will begin offering Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing today and tomorrow for Absentee Shawnee Tribal(AST) members from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Testing will take place at both Little Axe Health Center & Shawnee Clinic locations. This event will continue next week for AST members and all other health system patients and AST employees within the following weeks. For more info, please call the 24/7 AST Health System LIVE COVID-19 Info Line at 405.695.1787.
Memorial Weekend Holiday Closure Notice for AST Health. For more information please call 405.447.0300.
TEMPORARY CLOSURE for 5/18/20   The AST PlusCare Clinic is closed for the remainder of the day due to plumbing issues. We will resume normal operations tomorrow 5/19/20 at 11am, apologies for the inconvenience. Please remember our Shawnee Walk-In Clinic is closed (until further notice). Thank you.   Please call ahead for possible health system closures or delays: Little Axe Health Center 405.447.0300 • Shawnee Clinic 405.878.5850 • PlusCare 405.447.0477   Health closures/delays are also posted on the “Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System” Facebook page and on the ASTHS website at   LAHC 405.447.0300 / Shawnee Clinic 405- 878-5850 / PlusCare 405.447.0477
07 May 2020   AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Shawnee Clinic Closure.   We apologize for the inconvenience, but due to the unprecedented COVID19 Pandemic resulting in a National, State, and Tribal States of Emergency, the Shawnee Clinic was closed (temporarily suspended operations except for the pharmacy drive thru, limited Behavioral Health, and Title 6 Meals) on March 25th, 2020 until further notice. The reason was due to the amount of staff that had to be placed on FMLA and Short-Term Disability as being in the identified “high-risk” group by the CDC and ensure the staff’s protection as best possible; additionally, the new CDC guidelines of temperature checks and personal protective equipment (PPE) further strained resources and manpower to continue operations at multiple sites.  To assure ongoing services for all of our patients, the health system is still functioning, however, only by absorbing remaining staff into three care teams, PlusCare (combined with Shawnee Walk-In Clinic Staff remaining) and Little Axe Health Center (combined with Shawnee Clinic Staff remaining).  Please rest assured that we will reopen the clinic once it is safe to do so and as our employees are able to return to full status as they were impacted as well as our patients and their families by the pandemic. It is extremely important to note that all services have continued, on an urgent and emergency basis only, and normal routine appointments were prohibited until the re-opening phases, which are underway now.  It is hoped by early June we will be phasing in the stand-up of the Shawnee Clinic and Walk-In Clinic.  Thank you for your support and understanding as we all press through this unprecedented event in all of our lives.   For any inquiries please contact Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System at 405.447.0300.  To stay informed of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: Additionally our AST Health System now is providing a 24/7 AST Health System Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 to help tribal members. Ne-yi-wa!
Press Release Friday, April 3, 2020 For Immediate Release Mark Hinkle, Acting Press Officer News Release SOCIAL SECURITY Statement from Social Security Commissioner Andrew Saul about COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments for Beneficiaries “I want to provide an update to people who receive benefits from the Social Security Administration. The Department of the Treasury (Treasury) announced on April 1 that Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment. The IRS will use the information on the Form SSA-1099 to generate $1,200 economic impact payments to Social Security beneficiaries who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. Treasury, not Social Security, will make automatic payments to Social Security beneficiaries. Beneficiaries will receive these payments by direct deposit or by paper check, just as they would normally receive their Social Security benefits. For updates from the IRS, visit Note for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients: We are working closely with Treasury to address outstanding questions about our SSI recipients in an attempt to make the issuance of economic impact payments as quick and efficient as possible. We realize people are concerned, and the IRS will provide additional information at when available. Please note that we will not consider economic impact payments as income for SSI recipients, and the payments are excluded from resources for 12 months. We will continue to update Social Security’s COVID-19 web page at as further details become available.” To get more Social Security news, follow the Press Office on Twitter @SSAPress.
29 March 2020   AST HEALTH SYSTEM PRESS RELEASE:   Subject: Title VI Meal disbursement for March 30th moving forward until further notice.   Due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Title VI meal program is implementing the following meal disbursement plan beginning March 30th and the same process will continue until further notice. In an effort to limit exposure to our elders while at the same time continuing to provide a very necessary service, we are implementing preventative measures. See the schedule below for elderly meals through the Title VI Program:   For homebound elders receive: Monday—we will deliver 1 hot meal and 4 additional meals consisting of non-perishable food items for  (milk/juice) Thermometers will be given out during home deliveries.   Elders to Pick up Meals at Shawnee Title VI (LA Title VI will be closed): Monday—10:00am-2:00pm, you will be given 5 days’ worth none perishable food items (milk/juice)        For your safety and staff, prior to receiving your meal, you will be stopped by AST Police to have your temperature checked       For any inquiries please contact Absentee Shawnee Tribal Health System at 405.701.7621.  To stay abreast of changes and access the most current information, please bookmark the COVID-19 on the following website: Additionally our AST Health System now is providing a 24/7 AST Health System 24 hour LIVE Corona Virus (COVID-19) Information Number: 405.695.1787 to help tribal members. Ne-yi-wa!