Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved S. 825, the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium Land Transfer Act. Alaska Congressman Don Young spoke in support of the legislation on the House Floor.
“The Consortium provides comprehensive healthcare to Native communities throughout Alaska’s panhandle. It also delivers healthcare on behalf of the federal government through self-determination compacting,” said Congressman Young. “The Consortium operates Mount Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka, a 25 bed critical access facility. The hospital was constructed towards the end of World War II and is in dire need of updates due to its age and condition. This legislation will transfer 19 acres of federal land to the Consortium which will allow for necessary updates and improvements in healthcare services for Alaska Natives. This is crucially important for Southeast Alaska and I urge my colleagues for their support.”
Watch Congressman Young’s remarks here.
S. 825 passed the House by a vote of 403-3 and will now go to the President’s desk for final approval. In April of 2017, Congressman Young introduced H.R. 1901 which is the House companion to S. 825. This bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to convey to the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium in Sitka, Alaska, all U.S. interest in 19 acres in Sitka for use in connection with health and social services programs.