Summary: S.406 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (09/15/1999)

Alaska Native and American Indian Direct Reimbursement Act of 1999 - Amends the Indian Health Care Improvement Act to make permanent the demonstration program under which Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and Alaska Native health organizations that contract or compact for the operation of a hospital or clinic of the Indian Health Service may directly bill for, and receive payment for, health care services provided by such hospital or clinic for which payment is made under titles XVIII (Medicare) or XIX (Medicaid) of the Social Security Act or from any other third party payor.

Requires participating hospitals and clinics to submit annual reports on the program to the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Provides for: (1) application to the Secretary by an Indian tribe, tribal organization, or Alaska Native health organization for participation of a Service facility in the program (the demonstration program was limited to four facilities); (2) the ongoing examination and implementation of necessary administrative changes to facilitate direct billing and reimbursement under the program; and (3) withdrawal from participation in the program.