WPR News
9:11 am
Wed February 27, 2008

Indian health care bill approved by US Senate

Washington, DC – The U.S. Senate approved a bill today that will make it easier for Native Americans to access health care.

Under current law, only some Indian health programs can be reimbursed by Medicaid and Medicare. This bill would expand reimbursement to all programs.

It would also build and revamp health clinics on reservations, boost screening and mental health services, and try to recruit more Native Americans into health professions.

The bill would cost about 35 billion dollars over ten years. It now heads to the U.S. House.