Indian Health Service statement on allocation of final $367 million from CARES Act

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Funding provides resources and supports critical efforts across the Indian health system

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Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service announced April 23 that the final $367 million of the $1.032 billion provided to the agency in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has now been allocated across the Indian Health system to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to $670 million of CARES Act funding distributed directly to federal, tribal and urban Indian health programs, funding decisions include:

  • $95 million to support the expansion of telehealth activities across the Indian Health Service, tribal, and urban Indian health programs;
  • $74 million for medical equipment needs;
  • $26 million to support Tribal Epidemiology Centers and national surveillance coordination activities at Indian Health Service Headquarters;
  • $10 million to support sanitation and potable water needs; and
  • $5 million to provide additional test kits and materials to Indian Health Service, tribal, and urban Indian health programs free of charge.

Additional details of the funding allocation, as well as feedback received from tribal and urban Indian organization leaders, can be found in a letter to tribal and urban Indian organization leaders.

The Indian Health Service thanks Congress and the President for their dedication to American Indian and Alaska Native people during this public health emergency.

The Indian Health Service, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a comprehensive health service delivery system for approximately 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 574 federally recognized tribes in 37 states. Follow the agency via social media on Facebook and Twitter

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