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Bipartisan bill brings long-overdue boost to urban Indian health providers


The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic hosted a series of COVID-19 community vaccine events in Oklahoma in April 2021. Photo courtesy OKCIC

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As the first Americans continue to feel the disproportionate impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, a bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to bring more resources to urban Indian communities.

Although the majority of American Indians and Alaska Natives live in urban areas, barely 1 percent of the Indian Health Service budget has gone to urban Indian health providers Funding has finally started to increase and only as a result of COVID-19 relief legislation passed by Congress.

Lawmakers from both parties are now hoping to expand on those efforts. A bill being introduced on Tuesday offers a simple solution that will help improve the facilities and clinics that serve urban Indians across the nation.


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