(Billings/AP) – Tribal leaders say misdiagnosed illnesses, denied medical payments and a shortage of trained personnel are undermining health care for Native Americans.
Representatives of seven Wyoming and Montana tribes testified Tuesday before a U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee field hearing in Billings.
They described the Indian Health Service as a bloated and uncooperative bureaucracy that is unable to fulfill its duties.
Indian Health Service acting director Yvette Roubideaux says changes are underway but more money is needed.
Committee Chairman and Montana Democratic Senator Jon Tester says the concerns expressed at the Montana meeting are shared by tribes across the West.