The White House announced recently that they want to bake into law the healthcare service for the Native Americans in the country through the Indian Health Service.
Funding for the Indian Health Service
Healthcare service for the Native Americans in the country received little attention from the lawmakers and the present administration. This time, the White House announced that they want to bake into law the healthcare service in the country through the Indian Health Service.
In a published article in The Hill, the U.S. federal government provides free medical care to Native Americans through the Indian Health Service. Moreover, the country or the previous administrations has promised also through different treaties with indigenous nations.
Despite the efforts of the federal government to provide healthcare services to the Native Americans, they complain that the government breaks its promise by underfunding the Indian Health Service.
Will the Federal Government Add More Funds to the Indian Health Service?
According to a published article in Yahoo News, the Biden administration wants to address this problem by taking them out of the annual budget negotiation and instead having it baked into law. The plan is to culminate a budget amounting to $44 billion in fiscal 2033.
However, experts and advocates said that even if the proposed budget is six times greater than the current level of funding, it is still short. Furthermore, the budget of the Indian Health Service is also less compared to other federal healthcare programs.
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