BREAKING: O’Halleran’s Tribal Health Data Improvement Act Passes U.S. House
WASHINGTON—Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 5469, the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act, legislation co-introduced by Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) to address chronic challenges faced by tribal nations and Tribal Epidemiology Centers in accessing federal health care and public health surveillance data systems—data they are entitled to by law.
“Tribal nations were some of the communities hit hardest by COVID-19. Now, more than ever before, it is critical that they have access to all data related to health care and public health surveillance programs,” continued O’Halleran. “The Tribal Health Data Improvement Act ensures that sovereign tribal nations will have the information they need to make the best decisions to keep their citizens safe, advancing public health initiatives across Indian Country."
The Tribal Health Data Improvement Act requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to give direct access to all data related to health care and public health surveillance programs and services to tribal nations, the Indian Health Service, and Tribal Epidemiology Centers, and require the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to give technical aid to tribes and Tribal Epidemiology Centers for improving health statistics.
Watch O’Halleran speak earlier this summer about the Tribal Health Data Improvement Act, HERE.