Who: National Council of Urban Indian Health, National Indian Health Board, National Congress of American Indians, and all supporters of stable funding for the Indian Health Service.
What: Day of Action on Social Media
When: November 30, 2022 – Native American Heritage Month is quickly drawing to a close and it’s time for the United States government to truly honor Native communities by stabilizing health care funding and ending the budget delays that hinder health services. The White House is also hosting an in-person Tribal Nations Summit on November 30 and December 1. Meanwhile, Congress is hard at work finalizing the end of year legislation and this is a top priority that Native communities have requested for inclusion to help Native communities.
Where: Online and on Capitol Hill
Why: During the last government shutdown, 5 Indian Health Service patients died as health clinics dealt with the lapse of funding. The Indian Health Service (IHS) is the only major federal provider of health care solely funded through regular annual appropriations. The IHS is the only major federal provider of health care vulnerable to government shutdowns and temporary, “stopgap” budgets. Congress can change this by providing a FY 2024 level-funded advance appropriation for most of the IHS.
How: You can get involved by using our social media toolkit and sending letters to Congress to support stable funding for the Indian Health Service this year.