The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a hearing on contract health services in Indian Country.
The Indian Health Service uses contract health services funds to pay third-party providers for care that it cannot provide at its facilities. Tribes complain that the money runs out quickly.
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-North Dakota), the chairman of the committee, has asked tribes for input about the program. In a March 27, he said it was "clear that there are significant problems in the overall functioning of the current system."
The hearing takes place Thursday, May 15.
OVERSIGHT HEARING on “Access to Contract Health Services in Indian Country”
(May 15, 2008)
Sen. Dorgan Letter | HHS Budget in Brief