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Unformatted text preview: 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 governments 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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- Spring '11