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More money improves health in Indian Country

 

Last updated 5/25/2013 at 11:02am

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Native child being examined by Native Health doctor. The Improving Patient Care program, a team based approach to care, has increased the number of sites to a total of 127 (adding 89).

WASHINGTON, DC—Idaho’s Rep. Mike Simpson, a Republican, asked a critical question. It’s one rarely asked, let alone, answered. The question: Does more government money work?

Specifically, Simpson, the chairman of the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, was asking if recent increased funding for the Indian Health Service has made a difference.

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, director of the IHS, went through the numbers at an oversight hearing. IHS appropriations have increased 29 percent since 2008 which, she said, is “making a substant...



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