Reserve funds for the care of people living on reservations and for the treatment of diseases, including AIDS, are not being provided by the Department of Health and Human Services, according to a letter to the federal Department of Justice from the U.S. Trustees for Indian Country.
The letter was obtained by Medical News Now.
The Department of the Interior said it is in the process of reviewing the letter, but did not provide any further information.
A spokeswoman for the U,S.
Interior Department told Medical News, “The Trustees are authorized to provide emergency medical care for individuals living on Indian reservations.
As an agency of the federal government, we provide the same level of care that is provided to all Americans.”
The letter is the latest salvo in a fight over how the federal trust funds will be spent.
Earlier this month, the Interior Department issued a request for proposals for emergency medical services for the Indian health care system.
The department is seeking bids from various companies to design and build emergency rooms and other health care facilities in the Interior National Forest and the National Indian Gaming Lands.
The U.N. World Food Program said in a statement in December that it was not considering an emergency medical service because it would not be feasible for the federal funds to cover the costs of treating and treating patients.
The Trustee Letter is the most recent sign of discord between the two federal agencies.
Last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said that the trust funds are needed to address the “unresolved health care needs” of people who live on reservations.