As we’ve been reporting, tribal leaders across the country have been negotiating this week with the Obama administration to have their contract support costs covered, in accordance with last year’s Supreme Court decision.
Today, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski took the Director of the Indian Health Service to task for the ongoing delays…
Sen. Murkowski (R-AK): “I listened very intently yesterday at the tribal summit, when the President spoke. I went there specifically to hear what he was going to say on the issue of contract support costs. And what I heard him say is: ‘We heard you loud and clear, but we’re still working to find the answers.’ I don’t think that we need to work to find any answers. I think that the court laid it out very, very clearly. It said that full reimbursement would be provided. So, we’ve got to make that happen within that budget.”
The IHS Director promised further investigation of the figures.