Senator Dorgan Staff Concept Paper for Indian Health Care Reform–History and Background on the Indian Health Care System–July 6, 2009
Authors: Office of Byron Dorgan
Publication Year: 2009
Last Updated: 2010-04-15 11:28:27
Keywords: IHCIA, NCAI, NIHB, NCUIH, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, SCIA
Short Abstract: Native Americans suffer significant health disparities due to an outdated, strained and underfunded health care system. For over a decade, Indian Country had asked Congress to address these issues by reauthorizing and amending the Indian Health care Improvement Act (IHCIA). Last Congress, the Senate passed an Indian Health care bill by an overwhelming 82 to 10 vote. Unfortunately the bill did not pass the House of Representatives. It is now time for us to take a fresh look at the Indian Health care system .