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Behavioral health provider: Professionals who diagnose behavioral health, substance use and intellectual and developmental disabilities conditions and provide treatment.

Health plan: A group of doctors, hospitals and other health care professionals. They work together to give you the health care you need. To learn more, go to Get answers.

Network: A group of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who contract with a health plan to give members medical care.

Primary care provider (PCP): A health care provider you choose to give you routine care and refer you to specialists when needed. Your PCP is your family doctor, clinic or other health care provider. Your PCP will help you with your health care needs. They will also coordinate your care with other health providers. To learn more, go to Get answers.

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) Tribal Option: A health plan for people who are federally recognized tribal members or qualify for Indian Health Services (IHS) and live in Cherokee, Haywood, Graham, Jackson or Swain County or in a neighboring county of the 5-county region. The EBCI Tribal Option offers all Medicaid medical, behavioral and pharmacy services. It addresses health issues common to Native Americans.