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Gianforte Secures Release of COVID-19 Aid to Indian Country

March 23, 2020
Press Release

Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-Mont.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will release $80 million, twice the minimum Congress allocated, in COVID-19 relief funds to the Indian Health Service (IHS) for dissemination to Tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian Organizations

On Friday, Gianforte and a bipartisan group of 22 other House lawmakers urged HHS Secretary Alex Azar to transfer funds to IHS for COVID-19 assistance.

“I appreciate HHS responding quickly to our bipartisan request so that Tribes can access critical funds to combat COVID-19 in a timely manner,” Gianforte said. “I’ll continue working to ensure that Indian country has the resources it needs to promote the public health and confront this pandemic.”

H.R. 6074, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, appropriated $2.2 billion to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), directing that at least $40 million of those funds be set aside for Tribes, tribal organizations, and urban Indian organizations. This bill was signed into law on March 6, 2020.