Yellow RabbitbrushDirect Health Care

Services directly provided by Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Center (RSTHC) providers and/or divisions within the RSTHC are referred to as Direct Health Care unless otherwise indicated.

Direct health care services provided within RSTHC will be made available, as medically indicated, to American Indians and/or Alaskan Natives who are enrolled members or descendants of a federally recognized tribe.

Purchase & Referred Care (PRC)

ThePurchase & Referred Care (PRC) Program is for medical or dental care provided away from our facility. PRC is for services provided by doctors and hospitals that the RSTHC is unable to provide.

Phone: 775-329-5162, ext. 1977

To learn more, visit the IHS.gov - Purchased/Referred Care (PRC) page.

PRC is utilized in situations where:

  • No tribal or Indian Health Service (IHS) direct care facility exists.
  • The IHS or tribal direct care facility cannot provide the required emergency and/or specialty care.
  • A patient's alternate resource(s) is not enough to cover the total required care. See below for an explanation of "alternate resources."
  • The service is determined to be within established medical/dental priorities.

The PRC program is not:

  • An entitlement program
  • An insurance program
  • An established benefit program

Purchased & Referred Care (PRC) is provided to eligible American Indians/Alaskan Natives who maintain close social and economic ties with the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and residing in the RSTHC PRC service delivery area as follows:

  • Member of a Nevada Tribe or a Descendant of a Nevada Tribal member (Washoe, Paiute, or Shoshone)
  • Member or descendant of the federally recognized tribe and married to a Nevada tribal member
  • Member of a federally recognized tribe and working for the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
  • Member of a federally recognized tribe and living on a reservation in Nevada (within RSTHC PRCDA)
  • Services will be made available to non-Indian women pregnant with an eligible Indian child (pregnancy through 6 weeks postpartum)
  • Services to non-Indians of an eligible Indian household if the Reno-Sparks Tribal Health Chief Medical Director determines it is necessary to control an acute infectious disease or if it presents a public health hazard.
  • Children under the age of 19 years, who are the natural or adopted child, step-child, foster-child, legal ward, or orphan of an eligible Indian, as amended under Section 813 of the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act, P.L. 94-437.

PRC Phone: 775-329-5162

Patient Benefits

The patient benefits coordination department assists patients applying for alternate resources such as Medicaid, Nevada Check Up, Medicare, disability, and other resource programs including the food stamp program and energy assistance.

Patient benefits coordinators are available to assist patients with alternate resource applications and submit applications to the appropriate agency on behalf of our patients. In addition, home visits can be made to accommodate homebound patients.

Referrals for food baskets and additional information about community resources for individuals who are homeless or in need of food and clothing are also available through the Patient Benefits Department.

For Patient Benefits, contact 775-329-5162, ext. 1929