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Alaska Natives look to Obamacare to cover IHS budget shortfallFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Alaska Natives look to Obamacare to cover IHS budget shortfall (August 18, 2014)
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium are testing out a program that basically provides insurance for free.
Mark Trahant: Cure the US deficit by spending more money nowFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Cure the US deficit by spending more money now (August 13, 2014)
Of course, the easiest way to balance the budget is to press ahead with health care reform.
Mitt Romney won't be getting rid of 'all of health care reform' Filed Under: Health | Politics
Mitt Romney won't be getting rid of 'all of health care reform' (September 10, 2012)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he supports provisions in the Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care reform law that was championed by his opponent, Democrat Barack Obama. On...
Health care reform act provides many benefits in Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Health care reform act provides many benefits in Indian Country (July 30, 2012)
The Affordable Care Act, the landmark health care reform law, includes many benefits for Indian Country. The biggest is a permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Tribes...
Mark Trahant: Supreme Court ruling helps Indian health program Filed Under: Opinion
Mark Trahant: Supreme Court ruling helps Indian health program (July 10, 2012)
"Deep within the pages of the Affordable Care Act is a section that is now a permanent fixture, the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court...
In a shift, Mitt Romney calls health care insurance mandate a tax Filed Under: Health | Politics
In a shift, Mitt Romney calls health care insurance mandate a tax (July 5, 2012)
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney now says the health insurance mandate in the Affordable Care Act is a "tax." After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the mandate survives under...
Mark Trahant: Supreme Court  ruling changes health   care debateFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Mark Trahant: Supreme Court ruling changes health care debate (June 28, 2012)
The entire debate over “ObamaCare” is now fundamentally different. It’s the law of the land that has been upheld by the Supreme Court. And, deep in the pages of...
White House: Supreme Court affirms Obama's health reform planFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
White House: Supreme Court affirms Obama's health reform plan (June 28, 2012)
"Today, the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act ensures hard-working, middle class families will get the security they deserve and protects every American from the worst insurance...
Supreme Court issues long-awaited decision on health care lawFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court issues long-awaited decision on health care law (June 28, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court today issued its long-awaited decision on the landmark Affordable Care Act. By a 5-4 vote, a majority of the court upheld the law's requirement for all...
Mark Trahant: Day before tomorrow -- thoughts on Supreme Court Filed Under: Opinion
Mark Trahant: Day before tomorrow -- thoughts on Supreme Court (June 27, 2012)
The Supreme Court will most likely issue a decision on Thursday that will leave a mess behind. I doubt there will be a clean decision -- up or down --...
Still awaiting Supreme Court decision on health care reform lawFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Still awaiting Supreme Court decision on health care reform law (June 25, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court has yet to issue a decision affecting the landmark Affordable Care Act. The law includes a permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. If...
Native Sun News: IHCIA at stake in Supreme Court rulingFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Native Sun News: IHCIA at stake in Supreme Court ruling (April 12, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Jesse Abernathy, Native Sun News Editor. All content © Native Sun News. WASHINGTON, D.C. – Just over two years after President Barack...
Supreme Court   to debate health care reform  law next weekFiled Under: Health | Law | Politics
Supreme Court to debate health care reform law next week (March 20, 2012)
The U.S. Supreme Court will hold an unprecedented three days of arguments next week to consider the landmark Affordable Care Act. The law includes a permanent reauthorization of the Indian...
WH Blog:  Federal health insurance program open for tribesFiled Under: Opinion
WH Blog: Federal health insurance program open for tribes (March 20, 2012)
"Recently, I had the privilege to speak about how the Affordable Care Act is having a positive impact in Indian Country as I joined other Administration officials in addressing the...
Mark Trahant: Repeal of 'Obamacare' not likely after electionFiled Under: Opinion
Mark Trahant: Repeal of 'Obamacare' not likely after election (January 16, 2012)
A question for any Republican running for any federal office: If you are successful repealing “ObamaCare,” what happens to the Indian Health Care Improvement Act? South Dakota’s Rep. Kristi Noem...
Tribes benefiting from another provision in health reform lawFiled Under: National
Tribes benefiting from another provision in health reform law (January 12, 2012)
Tribal employees will be able to join the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program thanks to a provision in the Affordable Care Act. The Office of Personnel Management is educating tribes...
Mark Trahant: 2012 elections all about health care reform lawFiled Under: Opinion
Mark Trahant: 2012 elections all about health care reform law (January 9, 2012)
Shares of federal spending in 2020 as projected by CBO’s baseline: Health care costs are the primary driver of the federal budget deficit. Congressional Budget Office projections for 2020...
Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to health reformFiled Under: Health | Law | Politics
Supreme Court agrees to hear challenges to health reform (November 14, 2011)
The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear a series of challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which includes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. In an...
Mark Trahant: Separate and  unequal care in Indian CountryFiled Under: Health | Politics
Mark Trahant: Separate and unequal care in Indian Country (October 24, 2011)
Remember health care reform? The Republican presidential candidates all promise repeal just as soon as they win the White House. But we ought to ask, just where will they get...
Ponca Tribe ends lawsuit after state recognizes IHCIA provisionFiled Under: Health | Law
Ponca Tribe ends lawsuit after state recognizes IHCIA provision (August 25, 2011)
The Ponca Tribe dropped a lawsuit after the state of Nebraska recognized a new provision of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. The tribe's doctor, Rosa M. Huguet, is licensed...
Mark Trahant: Country heads in different directions on big issues  Filed Under: Health | Law | Opinion
Mark Trahant: Country heads in different directions on big issues (August 15, 2011)
It’s a hell of a way to run a country. Last week a federal appeals court ruled at least one major provision of the the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional....
Ponca Tribe sues Nebraska for ignoring license provision of IHCIAFiled Under: Health | Law
Ponca Tribe sues Nebraska for ignoring license provision of IHCIA (July 1, 2011)
The Ponca Tribe is suing the state of Nebraska for ignoring a new provision of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. Congress reauthorized IHCIA as part of the Patient Protection...
Mark Trahant: Termination returns in the health reform debateFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Mark Trahant: Termination returns in the health reform debate (March 28, 2011)
Just over a year ago President Barack Obama signed the health care reform bill into law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. That measure, of course, also includes the...
Mark Trahant:  The Indian Health Service  and state budget shortageFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Mark Trahant: The Indian Health Service and state budget shortage (February 7, 2011)
"Last week Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius wrote a letter to governors that said her agency will help “identify cost drivers in the Medicaid program and...
Senate rebuffs attempt to repeal health reform law   including IHCIAFiled Under: Health | Politics
Senate rebuffs attempt to repeal health reform law including IHCIA (February 3, 2011)
The Democratic-controlled Senate rejected an attempt to repeal the national health reform law that includes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. All Democrats voted against an amendment to repeal the...
Mark Trahant: The sky doesn't have to fall on   Indian health budgetFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Mark Trahant: The sky doesn't have to fall on Indian health budget (January 24, 2011)
Journalists like me have played the role of Chicken Little for many years. We have written dozens of stories about the consequences of an election, predicting what will happen after...
Vi Waln: Holding   Indian Health Service  accountable to its patientsFiled Under: Opinion
Vi Waln: Holding Indian Health Service accountable to its patients (January 24, 2011)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently spent some time at the Rosebud Hospital. Kevin Stiffarm, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer, told the Rosebud Sioux Tribal...
Mark Trahant: Real    fight over health care reform   all about fundingFiled Under: Health | Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Real fight over health care reform all about funding (January 17, 2011)
The Republican House of Representatives will make good on its promise later this week to repeal the health care reform bill -- only so far it's all for show. No...
Mark Trahant: Indian health care a GOP target in the new CongressFiled Under: Health | Opinion
Mark Trahant: Indian health care a GOP target in the new Congress (January 3, 2011)
Will Republicans muster enough votes to repeal the health care bill? A Michigan Republican said over the weekend that he sees “significant” bipartisan support for repeal, possibly even enough votes...

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