Indian health care bill advances

Washington, D.C. (AP) 9-07

Legislation that would boost Indian health care has been approved by two Senate panels.

The Senate Finance Committee approved legislation Setp. 12 that would provide an additional $52 million for American Indians who use programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The bill would simplify how those programs pay Indian health providers. The legislation also aims to boost outreach and enrollment in some of those programs and protect Indian health providers from discrimination.

Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana, chairman of the finance panel, says Indians “shouldn't have to fight for what's rightfully theirs.”
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