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Bill seeks to address Native veterans' health care


Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Oregon) introduced a bill last week to ensure American Indian and Alaska Native veterans aren't forced to pay for certain health care services.

Native veterans can receive care at Indian Health Service and Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. But Smith says some of them are being forced to pay co-payments and other fees at VA facilities.

S.2145, the American Indian Veteran Health Care Improvement Act, protects Native veterans from those payments. It encourages the IHS and the VA to work together to address health care for Native veterans.

Get the Story:
Bill would stop Native vets’ co-pays (The Navy Times 10/9)

Get the Bill:
?American Indian Veteran Health Care Improvement Act (S.2145)