Checkpoint Legislation Legacy

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Week 6: Legislation Legacy CheckPoint Currently, many issues exist between Native Americans and the United States federal government. One issue in particular is Native American healthcare. The federal government has committed to providing for the health, welfare, and safety of all Native American people in exchange for the native lands that the federal government has confiscated over many centuries. Many Native American leaders and constituents feel that the U.S. federal government has not done enough in the area of providing sufficient healthcare to Native Americans, specifically on the reservation. Healthcare funding for treatment, access, and facilities are limited for Native Americans compared to the rest of the U.S. population. This contributes to the fact that Native Americans have lower life expectancies, higher disease and infant mortality rates, and suffer more often from illness than almost any other ethnic group. The U.S. government has created
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Unformatted text preview: a piece of legislation, the Indian Healthcare Improvement Act (IHCIA), which directly links to and addresses the issue of government responsibility for Native American healthcare. The IHCIA legislation aims to improve access and delivery of healthcare to Native Americans, using modernized technology for advancement. Also included is long-term care for the elderly, behavioral and mental health, and acute care. Recently, the U.S. Senate approved the amendment to this legislation, called the Indian Health Care Improvement Reauthorization Bill, SB 1200. The amendment will make updated changes to the original IHCIA legislation to uphold the federal government’s obligations of honoring Native Americans’ health and welfare. Moreover, the amendment addresses diabetes, youth suicide, and drug addiction which are rampant on reservations, along with preventative care, and retaining health professionals on native lands....
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