APA Comments on Indian Health Services Budget

Increased funding needed to address health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives

As a member of the Friends of Indian Health coalition, APA signed onto a Jan. 3, 2014, letter urging the U.S. Senate (PDF, 34KB) and House (PDF, 34KB) appropriations committees to restore Indian Health Service (IHS) funding to at least to pre-sequestrations levels. The letter highlights NDD United's report Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us sicker, Poorer, and Less Secure (PDF, 12.6MB), which documents the struggles that American Indian and Native Alaskan communities have faced due to budget shortfalls.

As Congress worked to finalize funding levels for programs in the FY 2014 omnibus bill, APA called on legislators to fund IHS at the highest amount possible, to help reduce the significant health disparities and better meet the health needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 (H.R. 3547) in bipartisan votes of 359-67 and 72-26, respectively, in the U.S. House and Senate.