President Barack Obama’s nomination of Dr. Yvette Roubideaux to serve a second four-year term as director of the Indian Health Service will be the focus of a U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today at 2:30 p.m.
Chairwoman Maria Cantwell (D-WA) will lead the hearing – entitled “To Consider the President’s Nomination of Yvette Roubideaux to be Director of the Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services" according to a SCIA press release. Roubideaux’s term expired on May 7, 2013 and she has been serving as acting director since her term’s expiration while the Senate considers her re-nomination.
Today’s hearing will examine Roubideaux’s tenure at IHS and address the agency’s progress on its priorities and goals. According to SCIA some of the challenges IHS still have include recruitment and retention of health care providers, planning for maintenance and replacement of facilities, and providing health care to American Indian and Alaska Native patients.
If Roubideaux is approved by SCIA and confirmed by the full Senate, she would again “head the primary agency charged with ensuring the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States.” Her responsibilities would also include the overall direction and leadership of the agency, and developing future health care policy and more.
IHS provides more than two million American Indians and Alaska Natives from 566 federally recognized tribes with basic health care.
The hearing will also be available on indian.senate.gov.