The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will host an oversight and legislative hearing on S. 3650 on Wednesday, July 1 at 2:30pm in 562 Dirksen. The oversight hearing will cover “Evaluating the Response and Mitigation to the COVID-19 Pandemic in Native Communities”.
The Committee will consider recently introduced bipartisan legislation (S. 3650) to expand Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) coverage to urban Indian organizations, giving them a desperately needed boost in resources as many suffer critical supply shortages, closures, and financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coverage for Urban Indian Health Providers Act (S.3650), would amend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to create parity within the Indian Health System. This is a companion bill to H.R. 6535, introduced on April 17, 2020 by Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK).
NCUIH has been advocating for swift passage of the FTCA fix (S. 3650 / H.R. 6535) for urban Indian organizations, which will free up thousands of dollars for patient care.
- THE HONORABLE RADM MICHAEL D. WEAHKEE, Director, Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Rockville, MD
- MR. ROBERT J. FENTON, JR., Regional Administrator, Region 9, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC
- MR. SCOTT DAVIS, Executive Director, North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, Office of the Governor, State of North Dakota, Bismarck, ND
- MS. LISA ELGIN, Secretary, National Indian Health Board, Washington, DC (Virtual Witness)