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Mark Trahant: President Trump brings more chaos to health coverage for tribal citizens
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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'
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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?

Mark Trahant: Fight for Indian health funding at critical juncture
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Mark Trahant: Fight for Indian health funding at critical juncture (April 8, 2015)
One of Indian Country’s most important debates about increasing funding for the Indian health system is occurring far from Congress in state legislatures across the country.

Native Sun News: Indian lawmaker Kevin Killer makes big plans
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Native Sun News: Indian lawmaker Kevin Killer makes big plans (October 27, 2014)
One would be hard pressed to find a lawmaker with the ability to walk on to any playground on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and get a game hoops one day, then turn around the next, and display the political aptitude needed to introduce an idea worthy of being imitated nationally.

Native Sun News: Governor's race in South Dakota is heating up
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Native Sun News: Governor's race in South Dakota is heating up (October 15, 2014)
It may seem that the Senate race in the state is the only game in town, but that may be changing as the South Dakota gubernatorial race heats up.

Mark Trahant: Behind the scenes of Obamacare in Indian Country
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Mark Trahant: Behind the scenes of Obamacare in Indian Country (August 19, 2014)
Much of the execution of the law, the nuts and bolts of how it works, is behind the scenes. Especially in Indian Country.

Another state failed to consult tribe about changes in Medicaid
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Another state failed to consult tribe about changes in Medicaid (August 6, 2014)
Officials claim they were told they didn't have to consult the Pokagon Band.

WyoFile: Tribes depend on Medicaid funding for health services
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WyoFile: Tribes depend on Medicaid funding for health services (July 29, 2014)
Gregory Nickerson reports on efforts by the Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe to increase Medicaid enrollment.

Mark Trahant: State demonstrates contempt for Alaska Natives
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Mark Trahant: State demonstrates contempt for Alaska Natives (November 19, 2013)
There are only so many ways to demonstrate contempt for Alaska Natives. Yet the state seemed to find many ways.

WyoFile: Tribes try to expand Medicaid coverage  on reservation
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WyoFile: Tribes try to expand Medicaid coverage on reservation (September 5, 2013)
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe are looking for ways to expand health coverage on the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.

NPR: Medicaid expansion aids tribal members in New Mexico
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NPR: Medicaid expansion aids tribal members in New Mexico (April 30, 2013)
Tristan Ahtone reports on how the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act will benefit Native Americans in New Mexico: TRISTAN AHTONE, BYLINE: New Mexico has one of the...

Nathan Lefthand: Make the Navajo Nation into the 51st state
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Nathan Lefthand: Make the Navajo Nation into the 51st state (February 13, 2013)
"This is probably not a new idea; most ideas are not. So let’s say it’s an idea that’s time has come about again. The idea is to make the Navajo...

Mark Trahant: Medicaid  will help Indian health system grow
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Mark Trahant: Medicaid will help Indian health system grow (January 29, 2013)
"The Indian Health Service faces, what IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux calls, a “new reality” requiring a business model to match this era. For example the 2012 budget was $4.3 billion....

KNAU: Navajo Nation aims to become  the 51st Medicaid state
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KNAU: Navajo Nation aims to become the 51st Medicaid state (January 18, 2013)
"The Navajo Nation wants to become the 51st Medicaid state. The Affordable Care Act has allowed them to study the idea. The Navajo Nation stretches across three states -- Arizona,...

Native Sun News: South Dakota to exclude poor from Medicaid
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Native Sun News: South Dakota to exclude poor from Medicaid (December 19, 2012)
The following story was written and reported by Brandon Ecoffey, Native Sun News Staff Writer. All content © Native Sun News. South Dakota’s Republican governor, Dennis Daugaard, has followed the...

Column: New Mexico tribes worried about state's Medicaid plan
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Column: New Mexico tribes worried about state's Medicaid plan (September 5, 2012)
"Some of New Mexico’s Indian tribes have been among the most vehement critics of a state proposal to overhaul Medicaid, the $3.9 billion program that finances health care for low-income...

Democrats slam Rep. Ryan's budget plan for Indian Country
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Democrats slam Rep. Ryan's budget plan for Indian Country (August 21, 2012)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), the running mate of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, wants to cut funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, House...

Kansas failed to consult tribes about Medicaid waiver request
Health
Kansas failed to consult tribes about Medicaid waiver request (August 8, 2012)
The state of Kansas resubmitted its Medicaid waiver after failing to consult with tribes about proposed changes. The application was originally submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...

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