March 29, 2010
Las Vegas, NV –Nevada Senator Harry Reid outlined provisions in the landmark health insurance reform legislation that will specifically benefit Nevada’s tribal communities. The Indian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization and Extension Act addresses long-awaited changes to Indian Health Service (IHS) programs. The amendments target the poor health conditions in Indian Country as a matter of the federal trust responsibility owed to Indian Tribes, and permanently reauthorize Indian health programs which will bring quality, affordable health care to 1.9 million Native Americans.
“Until last Tuesday, tribal health care laws had not been reauthorized since 2001; they hadn’t been comprehensively updated since 1992,” said Reid. “Nevada is home to 27 Indian tribes, and I worked to make sure that health care reform met the needs of each one of them. I appreciate the decades of hard work of many tribal leaders and the steadfast efforts of Indian Country to make reauthorization a reality.”
Provisions in the new law include: