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IHS Releases Recovery Act Funds for Indian Health Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that the Indian Health Service (IHS) will release $500 million allocated for improvements in Indian health in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009.

“These Recovery Act funds will provide critical assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native communities,” said IHS Director Yvette Roubideaux. “These funds will help improve health care, create jobs and make our native communities stronger.”

The Recovery Act funds are to be expended by the IHS as follows: $227 million for health facilities construction, $100 million for maintenance and improvements, $85 million for health information technology, $68 million for sanitation facilities construction, and $20 million for health equipment that will help improve health care in Indian Country.

For more information, see news release: http://tinyurl.com/l4tn9k

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