Affirmed Affordable Care Act to improve Indian health care
8/9/2012 3:40:32 PM
BY STAFF REPORTS
	
WASHINGTON, Okla. – The Supreme Court on June 28 affirmed the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, also called Obama Care, in a 5-4 ruling that makes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act permanent.

“This is an important step for health care in Indian Country; the permanence of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act has been affirmed and NCAI will stay focused on working with all members of Congress to uphold the trust responsibility to tribes,” National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel said. NCAI is the nation’s oldest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native advocacy organization. “Moving forward, we are focused on improving health care for Indian Country, while ensuring the Indian Health Care Improvement Act remains protected and implemented as enacted.”

According to a NCAI press release, the affirmation of the ACA and subsequent permanence of the IHCIA authorizes nearly 2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who are served by the Indian Health Service to have daily health care.

“The IHCIA authorizes new programs within the IHS to ensure the service is more equipped to meet its mission to raise the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level,” the release states.

It also states that with regards to the effects this act will have on Native Americans, several things will take place, including the expanded authorities for long-term care services, home health care, assisted living and community-based care and new authorities for the provision of dialysis services.

The release states that the passage of this act represents a 14-year long effort by NCAI, tribal leaders and advocates to make permanent the legislative commitment by the federal government to deliver health care for American Indian and Alaska Natives.
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