Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board: Indian Leadership for Indian Health

Health Reform & the Indian Health System

The Administration and Congress are in the process of address rising health care costs, quality of health care issues, and the growing number of uninsured and under-insured in this Country.  The proposals that are currently being discussed will have a profound effect on the Indian health system that provides care to 2.2 million Indian people.  It is imperative, that any health reform changes acknowledge and take into consideration the special relationship that the United States has with Tribal governments and the duty to provide health care services. 

The State Health Reform Assistance Network policy brief outlines ACA provisions that uniquely affect AI/AN populations and provides strategies to help states and other key stakeholders fully realize the potential of the ACA to improve the health and health care of AI/ANs.

Any health reform legislation must support and strengthen the current Indian health care delivery system and must include Indian specific provisions that will improve access to health services and improve the health status of AI/AN people. 
The following provides important information on health reform issues for Northwest Tribes: 

Whitehouse Office on Health Reform
Finance Committee’s Call to Acton Health Reform 2009

Discussion Guide

Indian Country Recommendations


Health, Education, Labor, & Pension Committee

Families USA