Feds Must Cough Up Full Funding For Navajo Hospital

Law360, New York (November 29, 2016, 8:02 PM EST) -- A New Mexico federal judge has ruled that the Indian Health Service must provide the remainder of about $32 million required to fully fund a Navajo-run hospital in Arizona for fiscal year 2016, saying the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agency illegally refused to approve the hospital's funding plan.

Navajo Health Foundation-Sage Memorial Hospital Inc., located in Ganado, Arizona, within the Navajo Nation's reservation, hit the IHS with a complaint in October 2014, seeking to force the agency to fully fund a pair of three-year Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act contracts that authorize the Navajo foundation to manage...

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