NIHB, Native Organizations Request Over $8 billion for the Indian Health System Ahead of Fourth Congressional COVID-19 Funding Package

WASHINGTON, DC—April 10, 2020—In active nationally coordinated effort to ensure Tribes are meaningfully included in COVID-19 relief funding, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) along with a coalition of 10 national and regional Tribal organizations sent a letter outlining Tribal health care and public health priorities to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy late Wednesday night. The letter includes a robust and comprehensive list of Tribal priorities, including over $8 billion in funding for the Indian health system, in addition to multiple legislative priorities such as maximizing third-party health care revenue streams and ensuring Indian Country has direct access to the Strategic National Stockpile.

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