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Hospital in South Dakota sues over $1.6M in unpaid IHS bills
Posted: Thursday, September 20, 2012
A hospital in South Dakota is suing the
Indian Health Service
for $1.6 million in unpaid bills.
Bennett County Hospital & Nursing Home
regularly provides service to members of the
Oglala Sioux Tribe
who would otherwise receive care from the IHS, according to the complaint. The lawsuit accuses the IHS of "intentionally" failing to provide adequate service.
"This inaction by Defendant IHS has left the IHS obligation in the hands of Plaintiff," the complaint states.
According to the lawsuit, the hospital has provided nearly $2.3 million in services to Indian patients from October 2007 through March of this year. Yet IHS has only paid about $635,000 the complaint states.
Get the Story:
Hospital sues IHS for $1.65M for treating tribal members
(The Sioux Falls Argus Leader 9/20)
Complaint: Bennett County Hospital & Nursing Home v. HHS
(September 17, 2012)
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