Denver Indian Health and Family Services joins the National Council of Urban Indian Health in calling for the Senate to match the House budget of $81 million for the Urban Indian Health Funding line item. We need members of our community also communicate this important message.
Please send emails, letters or call Senators to advocate for this important increase. Presently, the Indian Health Service (IHS) budget for urban Indian programs, like ours, is less than 1%. This creates serious budget constraints to still provide culturally-competent and quality healthcare. An increase would provide DIHFS with critical funding that is long overdue.
Currently, the House bill is moving to the floor for a vote this week. The Senate has not published any of their funding bills for FY2020. Our Senators are Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) and they can be reached here. Email your Senator using this sample letter.
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