"I was thrilled by the U.S. Supreme Court's affirmation of the Affordable Care Act, not only because it was the right decision for all Americans, but because it also included the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which has been crucial to the health of many tribal members," said Sen. Jackson.
The IHCIA authorizes new programs within the Indian Health Services to ensure the Service is more equipped to meet its mission to raise the health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives to the highest level, including:
- Authorities for new and expanded programs for mental and behavioral health treatment and prevention;
- Expanded authorities for long-term care services, including home health care, assisted living and community-based care;
- New authorities for development of health professional shortage demonstration programs;
- Expanded authorities for funding of patient travel costs;
- New authorities for demonstration projects for innovative health care facility construction;
- New authorities for the provision of dialysis services;
- Improvements in the Contract Health Services program, which pays for referrals;
- New authorities for facilitation of care for Indian veterans; and
- New authorities for urban Indian health programs.