Sending Office: Honorable Ruben Gallego
Sent By:
Mariel.Jorgensen@mail.house.gov

Cosponsor the Native American Veteran PACT Act

Deadline for originals: Thursday Oct 24 COB

Dear Colleague,

Please join me in ensuring that Native American veterans have access to the health care they deserve by becoming an original cosponsor of the Native American Veteran Parity in Access to Care Today (PACT) Act.

America’s trust and treaty obligations guarantee Native Americans access to health care free of cost and, accordingly, they are not charged copays at Indian Health Service facilities.  Despite this, Native veterans who seek care at the Veterans Health Administration
(VHA) are subject to these out of pocket costs.  The Native American Veteran PACT Act would correct this inequity and bring the VHA in line with our trust responsibility by prohibiting the VHA from charging copayments to American Indian and Native Alaskan
(AI/AN) veterans.

A March GAO report identified burdensome copayments as a continued barrier to care experienced by AI/AN veterans. These brave men and women should not be punished for choosing to seek care at or being
referred to the VA instead of the Indian Health Service. This legislation would provide parity between government-funded sources of health care when it comes to upholding our trust and treaty obligation to Indigenous communities.

American Indians and Alaska Natives have long gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to our country, serving in our Armed Forces at higher rates than any other demographic group despite the harm Indigenous communities have suffered at the hands
of the federal government since our nation’s founding. When these veterans return home, they deserve the care that is owed to them as both members of our armed services and Native Americans, no matter where they access their health care.

To become an original cosponsor of this legislation, please contact Mariel Jorgensen (Mariel.Jorgensen@mail.house.gov) in my office.

Sincerely,

Ruben Gallego, Member of Congress

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