Indian Health Service

Indian Health Service (IHS)

The Eastern Shoshone Tribe is looking at taking over management of a federally-operated health clinic in Fort Washakie.

Indian Health Service (IHS)

Members of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council are back from Washington D.C., where they met with Indian Health Service (IHS) officials about healthcare staffing on the Wind River Reservation.

Bureau of Indian Affairs

A bill that would protect tribal nations from the impacts of government shutdowns is up for a hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday, September 25. The Indian Programs Advanced Appropriations Act would allow Congress to authorize funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Indian Education and Indian Health Service further in advance.

A study by the Government Accountability Office – or GAO - shows that it takes over one year for the Indian Health Service to process payments to contractors in 8-percent of claims.

The Indian Health Service provides limited medical services to tribal members and outsources other treatments through the contract health services program. The GAO’s Kathleen King says some payments are delayed because decisions about whether IHS will pay for a service are made on a case-by-case basis. 

There are about $2.9 billion worth of sanitation development projects in tribal communities across the US, and Wyoming has 33 projects that add up to just under $16.5 million dollars, according to the US Indian Health Service.

   Ronald Ferguson directs the IHS Division of Sanitation Facilities. He says Wyoming is in a better position than some other areas.   

In upholding the Affordable Care Act, the Supreme Court has also affirmed the permanent reauthorization of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act.

Many Native Americans receive healthcare through the Indian Health Service, or IHS, with more than 10,000 people in Wyoming eligible for services, and 2-million nationwide.