Maniilaq CEO reaches out for federal IHS funds up front
By Jillian Rogers – The Arctic Sounder
After a few months on the job, Maniilaq Association CEO Tim Schuerch said the organization is more financially stable now than it was when he started. However, delays in federal funding are causing headaches when it comes to running the facilities and hiring healthcare workers. Schuerch took Maniilaq’s plight to the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, chaired by Congressman Don Young, to urge them to pass a bill that would provide Indian Health Service funding in advance…
An article by Whitney Shefte in The Washington Post.
It’s hard work trying to get people to sign up for health insurance when their care is mostly free to them. Andrea Thomas is working to get Alaska Natives in Sitka, Alaska, to do just that. She’s the outreach and enrollment manager at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC), and it’s her job to sign people up for health insurance coverage through exchanges created as a result of the Affordable Care Act…
On August 11-13, 2014 ANHB held its bi-annual mega meeting and hosted the Indian Health Service Director’s Listening Session for Alaska. ANHB met with the IHS Acting Director, Senator Mark Begich, Congressman Don Young, Senator Murkowski staff, and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Commissioner William Streur, along with the Department leadership. Several members of ANHB voiced collective priorities and continued challenges the Alaska Tribal Health System continues to face in providing health care services.