Sending Office: Honorable Raul Ruiz
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Keep Our Promise to American Indians & Alaska Natives

 

The deadline to sign is COB Wednesday, March 14

**This is a programmatic appropriations request**

FY 2018 Signers (26): Ruiz, Young (AK), Blumenauer, Carbajal, Cardenas, Clarke, Conyers, Cummings, DeFazio, Gallego, Garamendi, Grijalva, Huffman, Jayapal, Kihuen, Lujan, Lujan-Grisham, Moore, O’Halleran, Pocan, Polis, Sinema, Smith
(WA), Soto, Torres, Vargas

 

Dear Colleague,

Please join us in sending a letter to Chairman Ken Calvert and Ranking Member Betty McCollum urging them to provide funding above the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 level for the Indian Health Service (IHS). Increasing investments in health care clinics, health education,
and the delivery of health care services will improve health outcomes and social and economic conditions for American Natives and Alaska Natives.    

American Indians and Alaska Natives experience troubling health disparities that include high rates of diabetes, suicide, and chronic diseases leading to shorter life expectancies. We must break the cycle and bridge the opportunity gap to improve lives in
tribal communities. This starts with the federal government adequately funding the IHS and upholding the promise to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.  

We hope you us in requesting this vital funding for the IHS. If you have any questions or would like to sign on, please contact Ross Arnett in Rep. Ruiz’s office at Ross.Arnett@mail.house.gov, or Alex Ortiz
in Rep. Young’s office at alex.ortiz@mail.house.gov.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

Raul Ruiz, M.D.                                             Don Young

Member of Congress                                      Member of Congress

 

 

 

March 16, 2018

 

The Honorable Rodney Frelinghuysen                                  The Honorable Nita Lowey

Chairman                                                                                Ranking Member

Committee on Appropriations                                                Committee on Appropriations

Washington, DC 20515                                                          Washington, DC 20515

 

The Honorable Ken Calvert                                                    The Honorable Betty McCollum

Chairman                                                                                 Ranking Member

House Appropriations Subcommittee                                     House Appropriations Subcommittee

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies                        Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Washington, DC 20515                                                          Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairmen Frelinghuysen and Calvert and Ranking Members Lowey and McCollum,

We write to respectfully request that you provide robust funding, above the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 level, for the Indian Health Service (IHS) to fulfill our trust responsibility to provide for the health and wellness of tribal communities. Increasing investments
in health care clinics, health education, and the delivery of health services will improve health outcomes and social and economic conditions for American Indian and Alaska Natives across our nation.

In 2016, the IHS provided essential health care services to approximately 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. The federal government is entrusted with the responsibility of providing health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives, yet the
IHS continues to be severely underfunded. Two years ago, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) added the IHS to its “high-risk list” due to chronic turnover, staffing shortages, and funding shortfalls that have contributed to severe mismanagement and
a low quality of care.

American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer health disparities that include increased rates of diabetes, suicide, and chronic diseases, leading to shorter life expectancies compared to the general population. We must break this cycle and bridge the access
gap to improve lives in tribal communities. This starts with the federal government adequately funding the IHS and upholding our government’s promise to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Increased funding is critical to addressing the unique health challenges and disparities facing patients in IHS-sponsored medical centers. We ask that you provide robust funding for the IHS in FY 2019, consistent with our federal obligation to ensure American
Indian and Alaska Natives have the health care resources they need to live healthy and productive lives.

 

Sincerely,

                      

 

______________________                                                           ______________________                   

RAUL RUIZ, M.D.                                                                        DON YOUNG

Member of Congress                                                                      Member of Congress

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