'The indigenous experience with COVID-19 affirms that colonization continues to function according to its design,' says William Smith of the National Indian Health Board.
With government leaders at all levels making life-and-death decisions about how to respond to COVID-19, and with State Question 802 potentially bringing home billions in federal tax dollars to care for Oklahomans, this election will be one of the most important we have seen.
Indian tribes have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and expansion of Medicaid will help pay for costs associated with care.
Expanding Medicaid coverage for Cherokee citizens will dramatically strengthen the finances of our tribal health system.
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.
'We did it,' Western Native Voice said after a bill to extend Montana’s Medicaid expansion program cleared its final hurdle.
Medicaid brings more money into the Indian health system. Why aren't more states expanding the program?
A high-stakes bill renewing Montana’s expanded Medicaid program sputtered forward in the state Senate Monday, picking up the single vote it needed.
Conservative politicians in Montana are vowing to defeat a Medicaid expansion bill sponsored by an Indian lawmaker.
Jason McNees benefited from services provided by the Helena Indian Alliance. Now he's helping others.
It's almost been a year since the Indian Health Service came under heavy fire before lawmakers who control the agency's funding.
Life expectancy for American Indians is decades longer than it was in the 1960s, nearly closing the gap with the rest of the population.
Arvina Martin in Wisconsin and Erik Rydberg in California are among the Native vote candidates in a record year.
Yes, tribal nations are sovereign, but the U.S. still has obligations for their wellbeing.
The Trump administration maintains tribes are a race rather than sovereign governments, implicating the flow of Medicaid dollars to Indian Country.
Tribes are being excluded as the Department of Health and Human Services refuses to take a stand on Medicaid and the first Americans.
We need to think differently about the Indian Health Service.
Thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native children will lose their health insurance unless Congress reenacts the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
President Trump's policy change impacts American Indians and Alaska Natives who get their health insurance through Affordable Care Act exchanges.
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.
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?
Bernie Sanders is expected to introduce his version of health care reform, a plan he calls 'Medicare for all.'
Employer-based insurance must go away. It’s not sustainable, Mark Trahant writes for YES! Magazine.
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.
Congress has never even considered, let alone acted, to fully fund Indian health programs.
Today is humor day in the Senate. But at least the healthcare debate will go on and on without a conclusion
As the debate unfolds, the Senate is in a way making the case for why we need Native Americans in the legislative process.
Another week and the United States Senate is ready to vote on legislation to remake the entire healthcare system, including Indian health.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Indian Health Service is the largest single employer in Indian Country.
The Senate’s health care bill is 'mostly dead' but that’s not the same as all dead, Mark Trahant writes.
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.
The Senate bill, like its House counterpart, has a simple message for Indian Country, according to Mark Trahant.
The Republican health reform bill will destroy the economy, independent journalist Mark Trahant writes.
Medicaid is the one part of Indian health funding that’s growing.
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.
Every Republican who voted for this mean-spirited bill must now defend against every American who has any problem with insurance or health care.
With the Indian Health Service severely underfunded, tribal advocates are worried about the impacts of the repeal and replace effort.
How much does it cost to buy the vote of a ‘moderate’ Republican? Today the going rate is $8 billion.
President Donald J. Trump’s legislative agenda has crashed.
The story of Alaska and Montana is not front and center in the health care debate in the House. But it should be.
The hidden costs of Affordable Care Act repeal with American Health Care Act replacement on Native Americans.
Instead of a repeal, the Republican leadership took the framework of the Affordable Care Act.
The Indian Health Care Improvement Act isn't affected by the repeal provisions of the new Republican health proposal.
Native Americans are in key leadership positions in at least seven states.
The GOP pledge to repeal Obamacare leaves the Indian Health Care Improvement Act at risk.
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.
President-elect Donald Trump and Congress are moving quickly to reshape health care, including the Indian Health system.
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.
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Service found numerous violations at the Rosebud Hospital in South Dakota.
The controversial bill would have barred transgendered public school students in South Dakota from using the bathroom or locker room of their choice.
The Medicaid expansion debate in South Dakota is incredibly intriguing when looked at from the perspective of tribal nations.
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.
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.