Federal spending bill includes advance funding for Indian Health Service
January 11, 2023
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 p...