Tribal Leaders Meet at White House to Discuss Tribal Healthcare

Published September 13, 2017

WASHINGTON – Several tribal leaders from Indian Counrty attended a meeting at the White House on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 to discuss priorities and improvements for Indian Health Service (IHS).

They were invited to the White House to meet with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, Indian Health Service Acting Director Michael Weahkee, and Senator John Hoeven (R – North Dakota), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

During the meeting, Hoeven stressed the need to preserve and build upon the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

“It’s important that Congress, the administration and tribal leaders maintain an active and open dialogue as we work together to improve patient care,” according to Hoeven.

The senator also highlighted legislation he recently introduced alongside Senators John Barrasso (R-WY) and John Thune (R-SD) to increase accountability and transparency at the Indian Health Service (IHS).

The Restoring Accountability at the Indian Health Service Act would make several critical improvements to the delivery of care at IHS facilities, including expanding removal and discipline authorities for problem employees at the agency and requiring the Secretary of HHS to issue standards to measure the timeliness of health care services provided to patients. The legislation also includes provisions to strengthen the recruitment and retention of competent medical staff and leadership.

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