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How Federally Funded Health Care is Failing Native Americans


October 15, 2018

Indian Health Service (IHS), the federally-funded health care program for American Indians and Alaska Natives, is the primary source of health care for around 2.2 million Native Americans in thirty five states across the U.S. The IHS program is consistently underfunded, leading to significant health problems and deficiencies in care for Native Americans. IHS is failing the millions of Native Americans who rely on the program for health care. While the United States purports to symbolize freedom, democracy, and equality, this broken system constitutes a major violation of civil and human rights for our citizens, not for people in developing countries, not for foreigners in an authoritarian government, not for immigrants; not for “others”, but for Americans.


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