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Health Care Reform for Native Americans

The Long-Awaited Permanent Reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act

By Sarah Somers

Native Americans and their allies finally achieved the goal of permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act with the passage of health care reform legislation in 2010. The breadth and scope of the Act inspire hope that the persistent problem of Indian health disparities will be alleviated. Yet much work remains in improving the lives of Native Americans.

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