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Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of ObamacareFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Congress moves forward with repeal of Obamacare (01/16)
Congress has voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Kinda, sorta.
Indian Health Service takes steps to expand community health aide programFiled Under: Health | National
Indian Health Service takes steps to expand community health aide program (01/09)
The IHS is forming a national workgroup after hearing positive feedback from tribes in the Lower 48.
Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers make history with leadership rolesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers make history with leadership roles (01/09)
Native Americans are in key leadership positions in at least seven states.
Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care lawFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law (01/04)
The GOP pledge to repeal Obamacare leaves the Indian Health Care Improvement Act at risk.
Steve Russell: Sovereignty faces serious threat under Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Steve Russell: Sovereignty faces serious threat under Donald Trump (01/04)
'President Trump had the blueprint down for ending tribal sovereignty long before he went into politics.'
Mark Trahant: Challenges and promises for tribes in the Donald Trump eraFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Challenges and promises for tribes in the Donald Trump era (01/03)
One way a Trump administration could really help Indian Country is infrastructure.
Mark Trahant: Navajo Republican lands job in Trump White HouseFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Navajo Republican lands job in Trump White House (12/12)
If, then, this. A series of three words explaining what happens in any new White House.
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald TrumpFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Native Sun News Today Editorial: A bumpy ride with Donald Trump (12/08)
It doesn’t matter if you are a Republican Indian or Democrat; the power to uplift or crush Indian Country is now in the hands of extremely conservative people.
Mark Trahant: Indian health care at risk with Donald Trump's administrationFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian health care at risk with Donald Trump's administration (11/30)
President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system.
Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald TrumpFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Funding Indian health in the era of Donald Trump (11/21)
During the campaign, Donald Trump promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, but said there would be a replacement insurance program of some kind.
Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in officeFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Tribes working to protect Indian health with Donald Trump in office (11/11)
Tribes are worried about losing a key Indian health care law with Republicans in control of Washington.
Mark Trahant: Native candidates for Congress in final stretchFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native candidates for Congress in final stretch (10/26)
Thirteen days and counting. And the election issue once again is the Affordable Care Act.
Mark Trahant: Congressional candidates debate on Fort Peck Nation in MontanaFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Congressional candidates debate on Fort Peck Nation in Montana (08/30)
We need politicians to answer questions (even with short answers) in every congressional district with tribal communities.
Mark Trahant: Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country?Filed Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Are there even any Republicans in Indian Country? (08/15)
If you look at history, there are a lot more American Indians and Alaska Natives who have won office under the Republican banner.
Donald Trump closes Republican convention that left out Indian CountryFiled Under: National | Politics
Donald Trump closes Republican convention that left out Indian Country (07/22)
Tribes sent representatives and some tribal citizens were there too but Indian Country was missing from the big picture.
Mark Trahant: A Republican plan to terminate the Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: A Republican plan to terminate the Indian Health Service (06/23)
The mentality of Congress is that it has never considered a single proposal to fully-fund Indian health.
Bill seeks random drug tests for Indian Health Service employeesFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Bill seeks random drug tests for Indian Health Service employees (06/10)
Rep. Kristi Noem (R-South Dakota) is making good on her promise to seek reforms at the troubled agency.
Roger Birdbear: Obamacare can aid woes at Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Roger Birdbear: Obamacare can aid woes at Indian Health Service (05/23)
Perhaps the notion that American Indians should have separate health care will go by the wayside as healthcare and access to it improves for everyone.
Vacancy on Supreme Court already impacts high-profile cases Filed Under: Law | National | Politics
Vacancy on Supreme Court already impacts high-profile cases (03/30)
Tribal leaders have been urging the Senate to fill the vacancy in order to avoid uncertainties.
Gila River Indian Community sues over health care for veteransFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Gila River Indian Community sues over health care for veterans (03/24)
A provision in the Affordable Care Act requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to reimburse tribes for care provided to veterans who are eligible for services at a VA facility.
Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country healthFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Aaron Payment: Affordable Care Act boosts Indian Country health (03/21)
American Indians and Alaskan Natives, long recognized as having the highest poverty rates of any ethnic group, have better access to medical care more than ever before. We can thank the Affordable Care Act.
Lakota Country Times: Indian health at center of Medicaid debateFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Indian health at center of Medicaid debate (02/09)
Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to expand Medicaid in South Dakota but the hold up is determining who will pay for the medical costs of Lakota people.
Geoffrey Roth: A Tribal Day of Action on the Affordable Care ActFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Geoffrey Roth: A Tribal Day of Action on the Affordable Care Act (12/11)
LGBT2S Americans, including American Indian and Alaska Native LGBT2S individuals, have encountered discrimination in the health care system for decades.
Mark Trahant: Republicans can't explain how to fund Indian healthFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republicans can't explain how to fund Indian health (12/04)
Republicans who serve in the House or the Senate should be asked a simple question: How would you fund the Indian health system?
Mark Trahant: Republicans try to strip millions of dollars from IHSFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Republicans try to strip millions of dollars from IHS (12/02)
The Senate repeal bill will make health care an election issue. Again.
Nadine Gracia: Breaking down barriers for better Indian healthFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Nadine Gracia: Breaking down barriers for better Indian health (11/18)
Earlier this year, I had the privilege to visit the Wind River Indian Reservation to meet with tribal leaders and community members about the challenges faced by American Indians.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules listening sessionFiled Under: Business | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules listening session (11/02)
Dual taxation, tax credits and the large employer mandate that is forcing some tribes to pay millions of dollars in tax penalties are some of the items on the agenda.
Vice President Joe Biden reflects on triumphs of Obama's Indian policiesFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | First Nations in Canada | Environment | Health | Law | National | Politics | World
Vice President Joe Biden reflects on triumphs of Obama's Indian policies (10/28)
A reception for five contemporary Native artists offered a glimpse into the Obama administration's impact in Indian Country.
Northern Arapaho Tribe files appeal in Affordable Care Act caseFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Northern Arapaho Tribe files appeal in Affordable Care Act case (09/22)
Tribal employees are facing higher health insurance costs and the tribe itself is facing a $2.2 million fine that could be address if Congress takes action.
KHN: Getting the word out about Obamacare in Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | National
KHN: Getting the word out about Obamacare in Indian Country (09/08)
Health care advocates and government officials across the nation are trying to enroll as many Native Americans as possible in Obamacare.
Tribes caught off-guard with mandate from Affordable Care ActFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Tribes caught off-guard with mandate from Affordable Care Act (07/31)
The Crow Tribe is facing a $1.5 million fine unless it provides health coverage to all of its governmental employees.
Mark Trahant: Press the Republican candidates on Indian issuesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Press the Republican candidates on Indian issues (07/27)
What do you do with sixteen candidates? It’s a thorny problem for Republicans.
Mark Trahant: Alaska makes a big decision for Indian healthFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Alaska makes a big decision for Indian health (07/21)
Alaska’s new governor announced the expansion of Medicaid and this will significantly boost money for the Alaska Native medical system.
Bill shields tribes from Affordable Care Act employer mandateFiled Under: Business | Law | National | Politics
Bill shields tribes from Affordable Care Act employer mandate (07/15)
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Montana) and Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Montana) introduced the Tribal Employment and Jobs Protection Act to exempt tribes from large fines.
Northern Arapaho Tribe loses Affordable Care Act mandate caseFiled Under: Health | Law
Northern Arapaho Tribe loses Affordable Care Act mandate case (07/09)
Congress did not exempt tribes from the large employer mandate requiring them to provide insurance to employees, a judge determined.
Sen. Murkowski questions definition of 'Indian' for health careFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Sen. Murkowski questions definition of 'Indian' for health care (07/01)
The limited definition penalizes American Indians and Alaska Natives who aren't enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or an Alaska Native corporation.
Yvette Roubideaux: Making progress at Indian Health ServiceFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Yvette Roubideaux: Making progress at Indian Health Service (06/30)
I joined the Indian Health Service knowing that there was much work to do and there were no quick fixes available.
Mark Trahant: Action plan needed for health in Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | Law | Opinion
Mark Trahant: Action plan needed for health in Indian Country (06/29)
The Supreme Court once again affirmed the legality of the Affordable Care Act.
Yvette Roubideaux to leave Obama administration after six yearsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Yvette Roubideaux to leave Obama administration after six years (06/02)
The physician, who is a member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, was the first woman to lead the Indian Health Service.
Mark Trahant: Budget plan means deep cuts for Indian programsFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Budget plan means deep cuts for Indian programs (05/01)
Let’s be clear about this plan: It would require deep spending cuts in federal Indian programs.
Mark Trahant: Millions of Native Americans wait on health careFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Millions of Native Americans wait on health care (04/15)
The best case for Medicaid expansion in Alaska is being delivered by Valerie Davidson.
Mark Trahant: Fight for Indian health funding at critical junctureFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Fight for Indian health funding at critical juncture (04/08)
One of Indian Country’s most important debates about increasing funding for the Indian health system is occurring far from Congress in state legislatures across the country.
Northern Arapaho Tribe asks judge to block health care rulesFiled Under: Health | Law
Northern Arapaho Tribe asks judge to block health care rules (02/13)
The tribe faces $1.5 million tax penalties if it does not provide insurance to employees.
Mark Trahant: Our national soap opera -- the Affordable Care ActFiled Under: Health | Health | Opinion | Opinion | Politics | Politics
Mark Trahant: Our national soap opera -- the Affordable Care Act (02/06)
The Affordable Care Act is like a national soap opera that should rivet any audience. Will the law survive?
House Republicans vote to repeal Affordable Care Act yet againFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
House Republicans vote to repeal Affordable Care Act yet again (02/04)
The only two enrolled tribal members in Congress -- Rep. Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma) voted in favor of repeal.
Opinion: Affordable Care Act offers behavorial health servicesFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Opinion: Affordable Care Act offers behavorial health services (01/28)
Access to health care coverage that includes services for mental health and/or substance use disorders is critical for everyone.
Steve Russell: Claiming the Indian tax exemption for health careFiled Under: Opinion
Steve Russell: Claiming the Indian tax exemption for health care (01/20)
The claim that Indians do not generally have to pay federal taxes is a load of hooey, but few of us have not heard it.
S.E. Ruckman: Series on Affordable Care Act and Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | National
S.E. Ruckman: Series on Affordable Care Act and Indian Country (01/05)
An ordinary glance might see Chinle, Arizona as sparse and unyielding. But it is the site of a bona fide bonanza.
Northern Arapaho Tribe files lawsuit over Affordable Care Act rulesFiled Under: Health | Law
Northern Arapaho Tribe files lawsuit over Affordable Care Act rules (12/10)
The tribe says working-class Native Americans who obtained coverage through healthcare.gov will be penalized.
MTPR: Native Americans urged to sign up for healthcare plansFiled Under: Health | National
MTPR: Native Americans urged to sign up for healthcare plans (11/18)
Native Americans who are eligible for the Indian Health Service are being encouraged to sign up for additional coverage at HealthCare.Gov.
S.E. Ruckman: Series on health care law and Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | National
S.E. Ruckman: Series on health care law and Indian Country (11/17)
Taking a closer look at the Affordable Care Act and its impact in Indian Country.
Mark Trahant: Alaska Senate race is a real test of Native policyFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Alaska Senate race is a real test of Native policy (10/29)
Alaska is a case in point where misleading ads about character are common.
Native Sun News: Indian lawmaker Kevin Killer makes big plansFiled Under: National | Politics
Native Sun News: Indian lawmaker Kevin Killer makes big plans (10/27)
One would be hard pressed to find a lawmaker with the ability to walk on to any playground on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and get a game hoops one day, then turn around the next, and display the political aptitude needed to introduce an idea worthy of being imitated nationally.
Native Sun News: Governor's race in South Dakota is heating upFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Governor's race in South Dakota is heating up (10/15)
It may seem that the Senate race in the state is the only game in town, but that may be changing as the South Dakota gubernatorial race heats up.
Mark Trahant:  Indian health system is on the ballot this electionFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Indian health system is on the ballot this election (10/06)
Even in Indian Country. If you look at funding prospects for the Indian health systems, then the Affordable Care Act is the only route that leads to more funding.
IHS and IRS  simplify tax exemption issue for Indian descendantsFiled Under: Health | National
IHS and IRS simplify tax exemption issue for Indian descendants (09/24)
Patients who are eligible for care through the IHS, urban Indian organizations and tribal providers will be able to be claim an exemption through the tax filing process.
Mark Trahant: Ten reasons why every Native person should voteFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Ten reasons why every Native person should vote (09/15)
There are reasons to vote. Examples big and small that show how we can make a difference
Mark Trahant: Affordable Care Act is worthy of debate in electionFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Affordable Care Act is worthy of debate in election (09/11)
Newsflash: Republicans hate the Affordable Care Act.
Lauren Jones: Affordable Care Act benefits Native Americans tooFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Lauren Jones: Affordable Care Act benefits Native Americans too (08/29)
Lauren Jones of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma explains how the Affordable Care Act helps Native Americans secure additional health coverage.
Mark Trahant: Behind the scenes of Obamacare in Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Mark Trahant: Behind the scenes of Obamacare in Indian Country (08/19)
Much of the execution of the law, the nuts and bolts of how it works, is behind the scenes. Especially in Indian Country.

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