Legislation to renew the Indian Health Care Improvement Act crossed a big hurdle today when it was overwhelmingly approved by the U.S. Senate. Efforts to reauthorize and expand programs offered by the Indian Health Service have gotten snarled up in the Senate for more than a decade. But Senator Lisa Murkowski, a main co-sponsor of the health bill passed today, says the 83-to-10 vote bodes well for the steps ahead. She says the bill’s emphasis on wellness and prevention would benefit Alaska Natives.
Joel Southern, APRN – Washington, DC