Federal representatives are in Rapid City seeking suggestions for improving the Indian Health Service Department. The Rapid City Journal article reports that a new bill going through Congress, the Indian Health Services Accountability Act of 2016, is looking to ensure responsibility of the services and employees within the department, but community members who attended the first meeting say that the new bill is only the first step towards fixing the issues within the IHS Department. Many attendees noted that the problems begin with the members of Congress.
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