America Indians and Alaska Natives are entitled to federally funded healthcare because of the negotiation between the tribal nations and the US government.
“Our treaties say that we have a right to health care provided by the federal government,” said Abigail Echo-Hawk, an enrolled member of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and the executive Vice President of the Seattle Indian Health Board. “This is meant to be quality health care provided to enrolled members of federally recognized tribes to health care free of charge in that we already paid for it with the land that the United States is on.”
But according to a 2018 report it was stated that the US government had not taken necessary steps and not paid proper attention to the funds of the schemes.
“If we don’t get the resources that we need, it’s always going to be a struggle for us to begin to address the underlying health conditions that were built as a result of the colonial oppression and suppression of both our health and our economic prosperity within Indian country,” Echo-Hawk said. “Until we see full funding of the Indian Health Service, we’re always going to be struggling to do more than just provide the immediate needs of our people.”
In an emailed statement sent to CNBC, the Indian Health Service said it had received “historic investments” of more than $9 billion since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic “to address long-standing health inequities experienced by American Indians and Alaska Natives by ensuring a comprehensive public health response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.”
So that’s how the entire matter had been going on till now. We will be seeing and reporting what happens in the future too.