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Bridging the Gaps Left by Indian Health Service

American Indian Health, Health News

American Indians in Montana face a variety of challenges when it comes to accessing health care. The Indian Health Service, a federal agency tasked with fulfilling treaty promises to provide health care for American Indians, is severely underfunded and does not fully meet the medical needs of its patients.

This four part series does an excellent job of outlining the challenges tribes face with accessing much needed health services, how recent health care reforms are helping change the landscape, and what tribes are doing to take matters into their own hands.

Part 1: Insurance giving Native Americans more health care choices

Part 2: Tribes begin to benefit from health care reform, but more outreach needed

Part 3: Indian Health Service care criticized as ‘genocidal’ despite improvement efforts

Part 4: Montana tribes taking health issues into their own hands