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'I wanted to cry': Tribes welcome ruling in long-running health care dispute


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Tribal health advocates are breathing a sigh of relief after the nation’s highest court rejected another Republican challenge to the Affordable Care Act.

The landmark law, also known as the ACA, was enacted over a decade ago. It permanently reauthorized the Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), ensuring that tribes and their citizens can continue to receive services promised through the trust and treaty obligations of the United States.

But a Republican-led lawsuit had tribes worried that they would have to go back to Congress all over again, leaving their communities in limbo as they battled the COVID-19 pandemic. Those fears were resolved last Thursday, when the U.S. Supreme Court finally put an end to the legal challenge.


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