APA Services joined the American Indians and Alaska Natives Health Partners coalition in writing to the House (PDF, 106KB) and Senate (PDF, 106KB) to urge funding increases for the IHS. The letters emphasized that one of the coalition’s priorities has been to increase the number of health care professionals in facilities run by the IHS and other organizations. We also joined the coalition in highlighting the need for updated medical equipment in IHS facilities and other advancements that will aid the effort to recruit and retain more medical professionals in Indian country.
The letters also addressed the difficulty the IHS has with budget uncertainty amid continuing resolutions and government shutdowns. IHS officials have explained that funding delays can worsen staffing shortages at IHS health care facilities.
The association will continue to work closely with the coalition to advocate for funding for the IHS and for American Indians and Alaska Natives and their health care needs.
For more information, contact: Serena Dávila.