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Indian Health Care Improvement Act

HHS and IHS Announce Consultation on Health Laws

May 14, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Indian Health Service have announced a formal Tribal consultation with Tribal leaders on the implementation of the Indian provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. To read the “Dear Tribal Leader” letter click here. Comments are due by July 1, 2010, and are to be submitted to Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, in writing or by email.

By mail:

Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H.
Indian Health Service
801 Thompson Ave, Suite 440
Rockville, MD 20852

Or by email at:

consultation@ihs.gov

Additional Information:


The Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA) is the key legal authority for the provision of health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). The IHCIA was originally enacted in 1976 to address the deplorable health conditions in Indian Country. As Congress states in the findings of IHCIA:

Federal health services to maintain and improve the health of the Indians are consonant with and required by the Federal government’s historical and unique legal relationship with, and resulting responsibility to, the American Indian people.

Along with the Snyder Act of 1921, the IHCIA forms the statutory basis for the delivery of health care to AI/ANs, by the Indian Health Service (IHS), an agency with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • IHCIA Fact Sheet
  • How the IHCIA Addresses Health Issues in Indian Country Fact Sheet
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    For more information, contact Jennifer Cooper, Legislative Director at jcooper(at)nihb.org.

     

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