WASHINGTON, D. C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs today held a legislative hearing on H.R. 623, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium Land Transfer Act, that he introduced earlier this year.
This legislation would direct the Department of Health and Human Services to transfer a 2.79 acre parcel of federal land in Anchorage, Alaska from the Indian Health Service to the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC). The land transfer would allow ANTHC to enhance their health and social services operations by constructing a patient housing facility which would allow those living outside of Anchorage to visit the health facility and stay near the medical center.
“Many Alaskans living in rural communities travel long distances to receive medical attention in Anchorage and are unable to house themselves during their stay,” Rep. Young said. “This land transfer will allow ANTHC to expand patient housing which will allow them to maximize care by locating patients near the medical center’s resources and reducing transportation costs. It will also bolster the center’s ability to provide more regular and comprehensive treatment for individuals that lack healthcare options in their home communities.”
ANTHC is a non-profit corporation that is headquartered in Anchorage and provides tribal healthcare services to thousands of patients in the region.
Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich have proposed a companion bill in the Senate, S. 235.