Indian Health Care Improvement Act Made Permanent
The Indian Health Care Improvement Act (IHCIA), the cornerstone legal authority for the provision of health care to American Indians and Alaska Natives, was made permanent when President Obama signed the bill on March 23, 2010, as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The authorization of appropriations for the IHCIA had expired in 2000, and while various versions of the bill were considered by Congress since then, the act now has no expiration date.
The version of the IHCIA signed into law on March 23 differs in several respects from the original version passed by Congress in 1976. It includes many major changes and improvements to facilitate the delivery of health care services.
The complete U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) press release is available at: http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2010pres/03/20100326a.html .