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Senate committee reschedules IHS hearing and listening session

Piles of snow can be seen at Union Station in Washington, D.C., on January 24, 2016. Photo by Indianz.Com

A blizzard that battered the East Coast continues to impact activities on Capitol Hill.

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee was supposed to hold an oversight hearing and listening session into the "substandard" level of care at the Indian Health Service on Wednesday. But the storm has hampered travel to and from Washington, D.C., so both events will now take place on February 3.

The delay will give Indian Country more time to air concerns about the IHS. Statements can be submitted to or via mail at:
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Attn: Amanda Kelly, Clerk
838 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

The committee is keeping the record open for both the hearing and the listening session for another two weeks following February 3.

Committee Notices:
Reexamining the Substandard Quality of Indian Health Care in the Great Plains (February 3, 2016)
A Listening Session on Putting Patients First: Addressing Indian Country’s Critical Concerns Regarding IHS (February 3, 2016)
Business Meeting to Consider S. 1125 & S. 1983 (February 3, 2016)

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