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House passes second legislation package, designates $6.3 billion for Indian Health Service

June 26, 2019

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — The House Appropriations Committee approved a $383.3 billion spending package June 25 that would fund the government from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2020.

The package, HR 3055, consists of five 2020 appropriations bills that fund the following federal departments: Commerce, Justice, Agriculture, Interior, Veterans Affairs, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Energy. It includes $6.3 billion for the Indian Health Service — an increase of $537 million from 2019. The Interior subcommittee allotted more than $227 million for dental health services — an increase of nearly $23 million. Of the increase, $5.6 million is for current services and $4.8 million is for staffing for new facilities, as requested.

Other items note include:

• $90.7 million for IHS loan repayment and scholarships.
• $20 million for staff housing.
• $25 million for medical equipment.
• $2.5 million for electronic health records.

The bill next moves to the Senate.