Republican 'Reform' Without Money Won't Help Indian Health, Sioux Editor Says
PIERRE, S.D. (CN) — Republican senators from South Dakota and Wyoming say their Indian Health Service Accountability Act will help cure the nation's ailing Indian Health Service, but a Sioux newspaper editor says it won't work without money.
Senators John Thune, of South Dakota, and John Barrasso, of Wyoming, say Senate Bill 2953, the Indian Health Service Accountability Act of 2016, will "promote patient-centered care and accountability at the Indian Health Service."
The bill would require consultation with tribes before key staff members, such as directors and hospital CEOs, could be placed in Indian Health Services hospitals, and would give the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services direct hiring authority, to prevent lengthy vacancies for important positions.