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.
Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H.
Indian Health Service
801 Thompson Ave, Suite 440
Rockville, MD 20852
Or by email at:
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 The IHCIA was originally enacted in 1976 to address the deplorable health conditions in Indian Country.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:
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.
For more information, contact Jennifer Cooper, Legislative Director at jcooper(at)nihb.org.