Federal spending bill includes advance funding for Indian Health Service

Health care services for Native Americans and Alaska Natives will be bolstered by a provision included in the government spending bill approved by Congress in the final hours of the 2022 session.

The measure provides more certainty for a federal agency that delivers health care to more than 2.5 million people.

A coalition of lawmakers from Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Alaska and elsewhere fought to include advance appropriations for the Indian Health Service in the bill, marking a first for the chronically underfunded agency as a way to ensure that services continue in case of pote...

 

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