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Newly Passes Bill Would Extend American Indian Health Care Improvement Act

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The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Wednesday voted to approve legislation (HR 1328) that would extend the Indian Health Care Improvement Act through fiscal year 2017, CQ Today reports. The bill is intended to improve health care for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

The bill, approved by voice vote, includes an amendment that would clarify that American Indian Healthprograms must meet state requirements before they can receive stateMedicaid funding. Republican members said they intend to propose otheramendments when the bill is introduced to the full committee. Potentialamendments could include proof-of-citizenship rules for AmericanIndians and provisions addressing American Indians who reside in urbanareas (Lubbes/Nylen, CQ Today, 11/7).

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