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Ponca Tribe ends lawsuit after state recognizes IHCIA provision

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 in Puerto Rico. The state ordered her to stop practicing even though IHCIA says licensed health professionals who work at tribal health clinics under a self-determination compact or contract don't have to obtain a state license.

That changed when the state attorney general reviewed the situation. Huguet can continue to practice at the Fred LeRoy Health and Wellness Center.

"The sovereignty of the Ponca Tribe has been successfully affirmed in this case," the tribe said in a statement, The Lincoln Journal Star reported.

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Tribe withdraws suit against the state over doctor (The Lincoln Journal Star 8/25)

Indian Health Care Improvement Act:
S.1790 | H.R.2708

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