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The Department Of HHS And VA To Renew Reimbursement Agreement

The new reimbursement agreement was signed on December 6, 2023, to extend the care services to the American Indian and Alaska Native veterans. 

 

December 13, 2023

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) along with the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) have renewed a reimbursement agreement that will help both agencies to improve American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans’ health. The reimbursement agreement was signed on December 6, 2023, and includes the terms for the VA to reimburse IHS for healthcare services provided to eligible veterans. 

VA will continue to reimburse IHS for health care and other related services provided to veterans via IHS-operated healthcare facilities and programs in the areas of direct care and pharmacy services through the new reimbursement agreement. VA will now also reimburse IHS for purchased care and travel for eligible native veterans under the new agreement. 

Due to this updated agreement, American Indian and Alaska Native veterans will now have access to high-quality care. The partnership of Health services with the Department of VA will not only serve these American heroes but will also promote cultural competence reflecting their needs. 

VA Secretary Denis McDonough said, “This renewed agreement is a critical step toward ensuring that American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans can get the high-quality, affordable health care they deserve – no matter where they live – for years to come. We are proud to work with Indian Health Service to serve these heroes, just like they’ve served us.”

The new agreement, replacing a prior one from 2012, expands and specifies reimbursement rates for direct health care services between the Indian Health Service (IHS) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This agreement covers various services, including inpatient and outpatient hospital services, ambulatory surgical care, home health, and medical equipment, in alignment with relevant statutes.

VA has given nearly $186 Million to health care programs operated by IHS to provide care services to the veterans enrolled in the VA health care. 

This agreement will help IHS to expand its ability and care for greater numbers of American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans. Providing care services to these veterans is not only the priority of these agencies but also holds personal significance.

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Department of Health and Human Services. “U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs Renew Reimbursement Agreement”. Department of Health and Human Services, December 7, 2023, 

U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs Renew Reimbursement Agreement | HHS.gov

Last Updated: September 20, 2021