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Valadao Introduces Indian Health Service Health Professions Tax Fairness Act

Legislation Aims to Recruit Additional Health Professionals

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Washington, April 16, 2015 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 815-1685) | comments
Today, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced legislation to ensure the healthcare needs of Native American families are adequately met. H.R. 1842, the Indian Health Service Health Professions Tax Fairness Act of 2015, would improve healthcare for Native American communities by empowering the Indian Health Service (IHS) to recruit additional healthcare professionals to their facilities.
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Washington – Today, Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) introduced legislation to ensure the healthcare needs of Native American families are adequately met. H.R. 1842, the Indian Health Service Health Professions Tax Fairness Act of 2015, would improve healthcare for Native American communities by empowering the Indian Health Service (IHS) to recruit additional healthcare professionals to their facilities.

American Indians and Alaska Natives currently have a life expectancy 4.1 years shorter than the average American population and are 1.4 times more likely to die from common ailments such as pneumonia or the flu or even from routine procedures such as child birth. While American Indian and Alaska Native communities continue to battle these significant health disparities, IHS is forced to spend nearly 30% of its Health Professions Account to pay taxes to the federal government instead of investing those dollars into community health professionals.

“There are several communities throughout the Central Valley whose health and medical needs are not currently being fully met. This legislation will help recruit and retain additional health professionals to serve at these IHS facilities, providing critical healthcare services for families in the 21st Congressional District and across the entire country,” Congressman Valadao stated. 

The legislation introduced by Congressman Valadao would amend the tax code to provide fairness for healthcare professionals who receive awards from the Indian Health Service (IHS) Health Professions programs by exempting those awards from federal income tax. This same tax exempt status is currently provided for health professionals participating in similar National Health Service Corps (NHSC) programs.

H.R. 1842, the Indian Health Service Health Professions Tax Fairness Act of 2015, was introduced in the United States House of Representatives by Congressman David G. Valadao (CA-21) on Thursday, April 16, 2015. Currently, 37 Members from both sides of the aisle have cosponsored the legislation, which is supported by the National Council of Urban Indian Health, the National Indian Health Board, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Kidney Foundation, and the American Heart Association. 

Congressman David G. Valadao represents the 21st Congressional District, which includes Kings County and portions of Fresno, Tulare, and Kern Counties.
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U.S. Congressman David G. Valadao

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