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Tribal health insurance coverage rose, but still trailed U.S. average
Tribal health insurance coverage rose, but still trailed U.S. average (October 2, 2019)

The number of Indian Health Service patients with insurance rose from 64 percent in 2013 to 78 percent in 2018, according to a new report.


Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate
Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate (June 25, 2019)

Democrats are holding their first presidential debates but the candidates most familiar with Indian issues are not participating.


Montana Free Press: Medicaid expansion supported by Indian Country finally passes
Montana Free Press: Medicaid expansion supported by Indian Country finally passes (April 23, 2019)

'We did it,' Western Native Voice said after a bill to extend Montana’s Medicaid expansion program cleared its final hurdle.


Mark Trahant: Lawmakers change course on Medicaid expansion in Montana
Mark Trahant: Lawmakers change course on Medicaid expansion in Montana (April 17, 2019)

Medicaid brings more money into the Indian health system. Why aren't more states expanding the program?


Montana Free Press: Health care bill backed by Indian lawmakers survives close vote
Montana Free Press: Health care bill backed by Indian lawmakers survives close vote (April 16, 2019)

A high-stakes bill renewing Montana’s expanded Medicaid program sputtered forward in the state Senate Monday, picking up the single vote it needed.


Mark Trahant: Republicans turn on Indian lawmaker in health care debate
Mark Trahant: Republicans turn on Indian lawmaker in health care debate (April 15, 2019)

Conservative politicians in Montana are vowing to defeat a Medicaid expansion bill sponsored by an Indian lawmaker.


Montana Free Press: Urban Indian provider helped man get back on track
Montana Free Press: Urban Indian provider helped man get back on track (April 8, 2019)

Jason McNees benefited from services provided by the Helena Indian Alliance. Now he's helping others.


Mark Trahant: Ballot initiatives impact tribal communities in big ways
Mark Trahant: Ballot initiatives impact tribal communities in big ways (October 30, 2018)

There are a lot of reasons for Native voters to get the polls in Alaska, Idaho, Montana and Washington.


Indian Health Service back in the hot seat with budget hearing
Indian Health Service back in the hot seat with budget hearing (May 22, 2018)

It's almost been a year since the Indian Health Service came under heavy fire before lawmakers who control the agency's funding.


Cronkite News: Native Americans almost close the gap on life expectancy
Cronkite News: Native Americans almost close the gap on life expectancy (May 11, 2018)

Life expectancy for American Indians is decades longer than it was in the 1960s, nearly closing the gap with the rest of the population.


Mark Trahant: The number of #NativeVote18 candidates continues to grow
Mark Trahant: The number of #NativeVote18 candidates continues to grow (May 7, 2018)

Arvina Martin in Wisconsin and Erik Rydberg in California are among the Native vote candidates in a record year.


Graham Lee Brewer: President Trump injects 'race' into tribal health care debate
Graham Lee Brewer: President Trump injects 'race' into tribal health care debate (May 1, 2018)

Yes, tribal nations are sovereign, but the U.S. still has obligations for their wellbeing.


Mark Trahant: Trump administration sabotages the treaty and trust relationship
Mark Trahant: Trump administration sabotages the treaty and trust relationship (April 24, 2018)

The Trump administration maintains tribes are a race rather than sovereign governments, implicating the flow of Medicaid dollars to Indian Country.


Top Trump officials skipped out on tribal consultation session amid big changes
Top Trump officials skipped out on tribal consultation session amid big changes (April 23, 2018)

Tribes are being excluded as the Department of Health and Human Services refuses to take a stand on Medicaid and the first Americans.


Mark Trahant: Creating a new story for the Indian health care system
Mark Trahant: Creating a new story for the Indian health care system (February 26, 2018)

We need to think differently about the Indian Health Service.


Mark Trahant: Indian children lose health coverage as GOP focuses on tax cuts
Mark Trahant: Indian children lose health coverage as GOP focuses on tax cuts (November 27, 2017)

Thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native children will lose their health insurance unless Congress reenacts the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


Mark Trahant: President Trump brings more chaos to health coverage for tribal citizens
Mark Trahant: President Trump brings more chaos to health coverage for tribal citizens (October 13, 2017)

President Trump's policy change impacts American Indians and Alaska Natives who get their health insurance through Affordable Care Act exchanges.


Mark Trahant: Congress finds ways to complicate health care for Indian children
Mark Trahant: Congress finds ways to complicate health care for Indian children (October 4, 2017)

American Indian and Alaska Native children rely on Medicaid and CHIP at higher levels than the general population yet Congress is finding ways to complicate the issue.


Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care
Mark Trahant: States complain to Senate about the burdens of Indian health care (September 22, 2017)

Wouldn’t it be cool if once, just once, there was a debate in Congress that could only be decided by a vote that benefits Native people?


Mark Trahant: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service
Mark Trahant: Sen. Sanders prepares bill to fully fund the Indian Health Service (September 13, 2017)

Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his version of health care reform, a plan he calls 'Medicare for all.'


Mark Trahant: Let's provide Medicaid health care coverage for everyone
Mark Trahant: Let's provide Medicaid health care coverage for everyone (August 1, 2017)

Employer-based insurance must go away. It’s not sustainable, Mark Trahant writes for YES! Magazine.


Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote
Republican bill to replace Affordable Care Act rejected in close Senate vote (July 28, 2017)

Key Democrats in the Senate were prepared to fight for Indian health care but it turns out they didn't need to, thanks to three Republicans.


Mark Trahant: What's next for Indian health care after big fail in Congress?
Mark Trahant: What's next for Indian health care after big fail in Congress? (July 28, 2017)

Congress has never even considered, let alone acted, to fully fund Indian health programs.


Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care
Mark Trahant: A day of bad jokes as Senate resumes debate on health care (July 27, 2017)

Today is humor day in the Senate. But at least the healthcare debate will go on and on without a conclusion


Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform
Mark Trahant: Indian Country goes ignored as Senate takes up health reform (July 26, 2017)

As the debate unfolds, the Senate is in a way making the case for why we need Native Americans in the legislative process.


Mark Trahant: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care
Mark Trahant: Senate Republicans attempt another vote on health care (July 24, 2017)

Another week and the United States Senate is ready to vote on legislation to remake the entire healthcare system, including Indian health.


Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act
Mark Trahant: Buckle up as Republicans try to repeal Affordable Care Act (July 18, 2017)

So plan B, supported by President Donald J. Trump, is a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, without a plan to figure out the what’s next?


Democrats host session on impacts of GOP health bill in Indian Country
Democrats host session on impacts of GOP health bill in Indian Country (July 18, 2017)

With the Republican health care reform bill in dire straits, Democrats are hosting a forum to discuss the "devastating impacts" of the other party's proposal in Indian Country.


Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing
Indian Health Service feels the heat as frustration boils over in budget hearing (July 12, 2017)

Lawmakers from both parties expressed anger and frustration at the Indian Health Service as they vowed to seek more resources to fulfill the federal government's treaty and trust responsibilities.


Mark Trahant: Markwayne Mullin breaks campaign pledge and becomes a career politician
Mark Trahant: Markwayne Mullin breaks campaign pledge and becomes a career politician (July 12, 2017)

We’re almost a year away from the next House and Senate election and we’re just starting to get a look at the candidates who will be making policy.


Mark Trahant: Republican health care bill threatens jobs in Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Republican health care bill threatens jobs in Indian Country (July 7, 2017)

The Indian Health Service is the largest single employer in Indian Country.


Mark Trahant: Trump tells tribal leaders that Medicaid cuts will be 'great'
Mark Trahant: Trump tells tribal leaders that Medicaid cuts will be 'great' (June 29, 2017)

The Senate’s health care bill is 'mostly dead' but that’s not the same as all dead, Mark Trahant writes.


Mark Trahant: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Republican health care reform bill impacts Indian Country (June 27, 2017)

The Congressional Budget Office report on the Senate majority’s health care bill -- the ironically titled 'Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017' -- ought to be enough to put to rest any idea that Republicans want to improve health care in this country.


Mark Trahant: Don't plan on getting sick if you're from Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Don't plan on getting sick if you're from Indian Country (June 23, 2017)

The Senate bill, like its House counterpart, has a simple message for Indian Country, according to Mark Trahant.


Mark Trahant: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors
Mark Trahant: Republicans write health reform bill behind closed doors (June 19, 2017)

The Republican health reform bill will destroy the economy, independent journalist Mark Trahant writes.


Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republican rule
Mark Trahant: Funds for Indian health in danger under Republican rule (May 22, 2017)

Medicaid is the one part of Indian health funding that’s growing.


Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team
Hearing on high-risk tribal programs highlights void in Trump leadership team (May 15, 2017)

More than 100 days into the Trump administration, Indian Country still doesn't know who will be advocating for their interests in the nation's capital.


Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill
Mark Trahant: Republican Party owns 'mean-spirited' health care bill (May 8, 2017)

Every Republican who voted for this mean-spirited bill must now defend against every American who has any problem with insurance or health care.


Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act
Indian lawmakers support Republican repeal of Affordable Care Act (May 5, 2017)

With the Indian Health Service severely underfunded, tribal advocates are worried about the impacts of the repeal and replace effort.


Mark Trahant: Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care
Mark Trahant: Republican bill takes billions from Indian health care (May 4, 2017)

How much does it cost to buy the vote of a ‘moderate’ Republican? Today the going rate is $8 billion.


Mark Trahant: The fight ahead for the future of Indian health care
Mark Trahant: The fight ahead for the future of Indian health care (March 27, 2017)

President Donald J. Trump’s legislative agenda has crashed.


Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debate
Mark Trahant: Indian health care gains ignored in political debate (March 23, 2017)

The story of Alaska and Montana is not front and center in the health care debate in the House. But it should be.


Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country
Mary Smith and Mary Wakefield: Obamacare repeal is bad for Indian Country (March 21, 2017)

The hidden costs of Affordable Care Act repeal with American Health Care Act replacement on Native Americans.


Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law
Mark Trahant: Obamacare replacement faces narrow path to becoming law (March 13, 2017)

Instead of a repeal, the Republican leadership took the framework of the Affordable Care Act.


Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare
Indian health care law safe for now as GOP targets Obamacare (March 8, 2017)

The Indian Health Care Improvement Act isn't affected by the repeal provisions of the new Republican health proposal.


Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers make history with leadership roles
Mark Trahant: Native lawmakers make history with leadership roles (January 9, 2017)

Native Americans are in key leadership positions in at least seven states.


Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law
Republicans take initial steps to dismantle Indian health care law (January 4, 2017)

The GOP pledge to repeal Obamacare leaves the Indian Health Care Improvement Act at risk.


Native Sun News Today: More tribal citizens sign up for Medicaid in Montana
Native Sun News Today: More tribal citizens sign up for Medicaid in Montana (December 9, 2016)

The Medicaid expansion effort in Montana started in January 2016 and to date has gained 61,233 new clients, of which 14 percent or 8,299 are Indians.


Mark Trahant: Indian health care at risk with Donald Trump's administration
Mark Trahant: Indian health care at risk with Donald Trump's administration (November 30, 2016)

President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system.


Lakota Country Times: South Dakota continues Medicaid debate
Lakota Country Times: South Dakota continues Medicaid debate (March 29, 2016)

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard (R) seems to have heavily weighed the merits of Medicaid expansion prior to announcing that he would not pursue it during this legislative session.


IHS facility on Rosebud Sioux Reservation loses key certification
IHS facility on Rosebud Sioux Reservation loses key certification (March 3, 2016)

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service found numerous violations at the Rosebud Hospital in South Dakota.


Governor vetoes transgender bill opposed by Indian lawmakers
Governor vetoes transgender bill opposed by Indian lawmakers (March 2, 2016)

The controversial bill would have barred transgendered public school students in South Dakota from using the bathroom or locker room of their choice.


Brandon Ecoffey: Treaties guaranteed health care for our people
Brandon Ecoffey: Treaties guaranteed health care for our people (February 11, 2016)

The Medicaid expansion debate in South Dakota is incredibly intriguing when looked at from the perspective of tribal nations.


Lakota Country Times: Indian health at center of Medicaid debate
Lakota Country Times: Indian health at center of Medicaid debate (February 9, 2016)

Gov. Dennis Daugaard is set to expand Medicaid in South Dakota but the hold up is determining who will pay for the medical costs of Lakota people.


Native Sun News: Indian lawmakers achieve goals in Montana
Native Sun News: Indian lawmakers achieve goals in Montana (August 3, 2015)

During the bi-annual session of the Montana Legislature, seven laws benefiting Montana Tribes and tribal members, sponsored by nine Native American legislators, were actively supported by Governor Steve Bullock.


Mark Trahant: Alaska makes a big decision for Indian health
Mark Trahant: Alaska makes a big decision for Indian health (July 21, 2015)

Alaska’s new governor announced the expansion of Medicaid and this will significantly boost money for the Alaska Native medical system.


Mark Trahant: Action plan needed for health in Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Action plan needed for health in Indian Country (June 29, 2015)

The Supreme Court once again affirmed the legality of the Affordable Care Act.


Mark Trahant: Missed opportunities for Medicaid in Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Missed opportunities for Medicaid in Indian Country (June 15, 2015)

A new White House report details the economic impact of Medicaid expansion and is sharply critical of the 22 states that have not done so.


Mark Trahant: Millions of Native Americans wait on health care
Mark Trahant: Millions of Native Americans wait on health care (April 15, 2015)

The best case for Medicaid expansion in Alaska is being delivered by Valerie Davidson.


Opinion: Partisan bickering threatens tribal progress in Montana
Opinion: Partisan bickering threatens tribal progress in Montana (April 9, 2015)

As we enter the closing weeks of this legislative session, legislators will have a choice in how Native Americans in Montana reflect on the work of their lawmakers. Will they see this session as one of missed opportunities and partisan obstruction?