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Impact of ACA on American Indians and Alaska Natives

Affordable Care Act Repeal to Have Huge Impact on Native Populations

Independent report details fewer specialty services and decreasing health coverage options

Washington, D.C. – American Indians and Alaska Natives would face a profound and negative impact if the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the “ACA” or “Obamacare”) is repealed, according to an independent report released today.  The report was co-written by Dr. Donald Warne, Chair of the North Dakota State University’s Department of Public Health and colleagues at the National Indian Health Board.
“During the ongoing debate about healthcare reform it’s important to bring attention to the serious consequences that American Indian and Alaska Natives may ultimately face,” said Dr. Don Warne, Chair of the Department of Public Health at North Dakota State University. “There is a great deal at stake for America’s Native American people, and their health care needs cannot and should not be ignored.”

Click here to access the full report.


Hello Public Health Partners: 
The North Dakota Public Health Association is pleased to provide you with this legislative priorities fact sheet.  If you would like to use this document to support policy initiatives you are working towards that are in line with our policy platform, please let me know and we will be happy to grant permission to use it.  If you just want to share it with your members and stakeholders who are public health supporters, please feel free to forward it to them.
We plan to send this document to legislators via e-mail in advance of Public Health Day at the Legislature on February 8th in Bismarck. 
Debbie Swanson
Chair, NDPHA Policy and Advocacy Committee

Click here to download your copy.

Stop the ACA Repeal

The proposed repeal will have a negative impact on public health programs in North Dakota as it would eliminate funding for the Prevention and Public Health Fund. 

How can you get involved and stop the repeal?

Contact your members of Congress regarding the impending repeal of theACA, you can simply call this number 202-224-3121.

You will be routed to the appropriate offices for your state.  You can then leave a message with your views.

Click on the blue links to download your copy of the fact sheets:

House Bill 1256

The Human Services Committee of the ND House of Representatives heard a bill last week that would establish the practice of dental therapy in North Dakota. This is a priority for NDPHA to support this bill.  Dental therapists are one additional strategy to improve access to dental care and reduce oral health disparities.  Please contact your representative and ask them to vote yes on HB 1256.  It is anticipated that this bill will be voted on by the full house the week of January 23, so messages early in the week are critical.    

Click on the blue links to download your copy of the  Dental Therapist Fact Sheet:

Dental Therapist Fact Sheet

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