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Muscogee Nation Department of Health

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) and the Muscogee Nation are working together to provide Oklahomans, both Native and non-Native, the opportunity to receive monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is proud to present a $25,000 grant to the Muscogee Nation for their innovative efforts to treat Oklahomans with COVID-19. This grant is part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma COVID-19 Relief Fund and will support COVID-19 monoclonal antibody infusions for individuals 12 years and older that have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus and are at high risk of serious illness. The infusion service is provided at the Tribe’s newest facility, Council Oak Comprehensive Healthcare in Tulsa.

“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has a strong history of supporting our tribal communities. Sharing our resources and investing in our tribal partners means a healthier future for our state,” said Joseph Cunningham, M.D., president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. “This grant will provide more Oklahomans the ability to receive monoclonal antibody treatment when they need it most.”

The Muscogee Nation has been a leader in meeting the healthcare needs of Oklahomans as well as addressing the economic impacts of COVID-19 during the pandemic.

“From the onset of the pandemic, the Muscogee Nation has been focused on protecting our people and all Oklahomans,” said David Hill, Principal Chief of the Muscogee Nation. "It is our hope this infusion center will help alleviate the strain on our hospitals by helping to prevent additional severe cases and ultimately save lives."

“This generous grant will help further the Muscogee Nation’s vision of providing effective treatment to all Oklahomans, regardless if they have health insurance or not,” said Shawn Terry, Secretary of Health for the Muscogee Nation. “This infusion can cut the incidence of severe disease and death by about 70%. Blue Cross and Blue Shield is helping us expand access to this invaluable tool and fulfill our mission of protecting our communities.”

Pictured L-R: Commissioner Lance Frye, Oklahoma State Department of Health; David Hill, Principal Chief of the Muscogee Nation; Shawn Terry, Secretary of Health, Muscogee Nation; Del Beaver, Second Chief of the Muscogee Nation; Mary Crawford, Muscogee National Council; Randall Hicks, Speaker, Muscogee National Council; James Jennings, Muscogee National Council; Dr. Joe Cunningham, President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

Pictured L-R: Commissioner Lance Frye, Oklahoma State Department of Health; David Hill, Principal Chief of the Muscogee Nation; Shawn Terry, Secretary of Health, Muscogee Nation; Del Beaver, Second Chief of the Muscogee Nation; Mary Crawford, Muscogee National Council; Randall Hicks, Speaker, Muscogee National Council; James Jennings, Muscogee National Council; Dr. Joe Cunningham, President, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

The monoclonal antibody treatment is done through an intravenous infusion and should be administered within 10 days of developing COVID-19 symptoms.

Infusions are by appointment only. Current hours of operation for the infusion center are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Muscogee Nation Department of Health: Council Oak Infusion Center website.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma

For more than 81 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has been committed to meeting the health care financing needs of Oklahomans. As the state's oldest and largest member-owned health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma provides health care benefit plans for more than 830,000 Oklahomans. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. BCBSOK.com | Twitter.com/BCBSOK | Facebook.com/BlueCrossBlueShieldOfOklahoma | YouTube.com/BCBSOK

About Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health

Headquartered in Okmulgee Oklahoma, the Muscogee Nation is the fourth largest federally recognized tribe in the United States with more than 90,000 citizens. The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Department of Health operates community hospitals, a long-term acute care facility and physical rehabilitation center serving both tribal citizens and the general public. To ensure healthy generations of Native people, the Nation also operates Indian health clinics and provides dedicated services for citizens of federally recognized tribes.

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