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File #: 21-017    Version: 1 Name: CN PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELLNESS FUND ACT
Type: Legislative Act Status: Passed
File created: 2/11/2021 In control: TRIBAL COUNCIL
On agenda: 2/25/2021 Final action: 3/18/2021
Enactment date: 3/15/2021 Enactment #: LA-12-21
Title: AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CHEROKEE NATION PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELLNESS FUND
Sponsors: Janees Taylor, Shawn Crittenden, Canaan Duncan , E. O. "JR." Smith, Victoria Vazquez, Joe Deere, Daryl Legg, Dora Patzkowski, Mike Shambaugh, Rex Jordan, Mike Dobbins, Joe Byrd, Mary Baker Shaw, Julia Coates, Wes Nofire, Keith Austin, Harley Buzzard
Indexes: Fitness, Health, Public Health , Revenue and Taxation, Substance Abuse
Code sections: Title 68 - Revenue and Taxation
Attachments: 1. LA-12-21.PDF
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AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE CHEROKEE NATION PUBLIC HEALTH AND WELLNESS FUND
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BE IT ENACTED BY THE CHEROKEE NATION:

Section 1. Title and Codification

This act shall be known and cited as the "Cherokee Nation Public Health and Wellness Fund Act" and codified at Title 68, Chapter XX "Revenue and Taxation", of the Cherokee Nation Code, which is hereby amended in accordance with the Act.

Section 2. Legislative Intent and Purpose

The purpose of this Act is to establish a revenue source for the public health of Cherokee citizens throughout the Cherokee Nation reservation. Revenues shall be generated from unrestricted third party revenue collected by Cherokee Nation’s Health Services. This revenue shall be used to provide Cherokee Citizens access to personal health, including access to wellness/fitness centers and substance abuse treatment facilities.

Section 3. Legislative History



Section 4. Substantive Provisions

§ 1001 Definitions. The following words and phrases shall have the meanings ascribed in this article, except where the context requires otherwise:

A. "Act" means the Cherokee Nation Public Health and Wellness Fund Act.

B. "Third Party Revenue" means revenue generated from health insurance claims or billings to health insurance carriers/providers.

C. "Unrestricted" means those payments collected by Cherokee Health Services billing staff that have no use restrictions imposed by the insurance provider, excluding restricted reimbursements of U.S. government programs, Medicare and Medicaid.

D. "Principal Chief" means the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

E. “Treasurer” means the Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation.

§ 1002 Authority.

The Principal Chief, through budgetary approval by the Council, shall have authority to manage all funds collected under this Act.

§ 1003 Collection of Funds.

A. Each year, seven percent (7%) of the revenues from unrestricted health insurance billings collected by Cherokee Nation Health Service...

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