Families First Coronavirus Response Act includes $64 Million for Indian Health Service

On March 18, 2020, H.R. 6201 The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Act) was signed into law. The legislation allocates $64 million to the Indian Health Service to cover the costs of COVID-19 diagnostic testing for Indians receiving care through the Indian Health Service or through an Urban Indian Health Organization. The Act also guarantees coverage of testing for COVID-19 at no cost sharing for Indians receiving contract health services. In addition, the legislation includes $250 million for the Senior Nutrition program in the Administration for Community Living (ACL). This will provide approximately 25 million additional home-delivered and pre-packaged meals to low-income seniors who depend on the Senior Nutrition programs in their communities.

Currently, Congress is working on a third relief package that is expected to pass soon. The package is expected to provide $1.2 trillion in relief to individuals, governments, and industries. The tribal and urban Indian priorities in this package focus on healthcare, health system capacity, economic development, and governance.

By Meredith Raimondi, posted on Friday March 20, 2020
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