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Remarks from HHS Secretary Sebelius at NCAI winter session
Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Health and Human Services
Secretary Kathleen Sebelius addressed the
National Congress of American Indians
this morning during its
2012 executive council winter session
in Washington, D.C.
Sebelius, the former governor of Kansas, noted that the the budget for the
Indian Health Service
has increased 29 percent since
President Barack Obama
took office. That includes a 46 percent increase in contract health service funds, which are used to pay for care at non-IHS facilities.
"There is still a significant need," Sebelius told tribal leaders. "There is still care denied and still care deferred, but we are finally beginning to stem the tide."
Sebelius also noted that the two-year anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, is approaching. The law includes a permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.
The full text of the speech can be found at
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