Indian Health Service

“Alaska is, frankly, the best model that should be exported to other parts of the country."

Ten years ago, the American Dental Association unsuccessfully sued to get the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to halt its Alaska Dental Health Therapist (DHAT) program. Now that program has won a national award for its innovative approach to providing Alaska Natives with dental care. And the idea is expanding to other states.

6/5/15 Court ruling stops EPA work on Pebble Mine

Jun 4, 2015

Decision comes in one of Pebble Limited's lawsuits against the EPA

Joaqlin Estus / KNBA

 Housing to increase access to health services for Alaska Natives

Tribal, federal, state, and private sector leaders Wednesday {may 20, 2015] kicked off construction of housing at the Alaska Native Medical Center saying it will improve services for Alaska Native and American Indian people who travel to Anchorage from across the state for health care. A state Senator who helped get the project financed says it will also save the state millions of dollars a year for years to come. 

Bill would give Alcoholic Beverages Control Board oversight of marijuana

By Zacharia Hughes, APRN

A bill that is fundamental to setting up legal regulations for Alaska's marijuana passed the House Tuesday [April 14, 2015]. The bipartisan vote is a step towards the Alcoholic Beverages Control Board establishing a permit structure that oversees a full legal market, from growers to commercial sales.

Sen. Mark Begich makes land trade for an Arctic port a high priority

Earlier this week, Sen. Begich conceded he lost the election, but for now, until Jan. 3, he's still a U.S. Senator, and he's back in Washington.

As KTOO's Lisa Phu reports, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium has signed an agreement to receive a $53 million settlement from the Indian Health Service for about 15 years of unpaid contract costs.

The Indian Health Service has agree to pay $153 million to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium to clear up a 15-year backlog of underpayments for contract support costs, or overhead. IHS has reached similar agreements with several tribal health organizations across Alaska and the lower 48, but many more remain to be resolved.