House Subcommittee Passes Bill That Would Extend American Indian Health Care Improvement Act
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 Health programs must meet state requirements before they can receive state Medicaid funding. Republican members said they intend to propose other amendments when the bill is introduced to the full committee. Potential amendments could include proof-of-citizenship rules for American Indians and provisions addressing American Indians who reside in urban areas (Lubbes/Nylen, CQ Today, 11/7).