Veterans Could Receive Care at Native Clinics

Staff Writer | The Tundra Drums | May 14, 2012

An agreement that could allow rural Alaska veterans to receive healthcare benefits at Native health clinics for the first time was commended last week by Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich.

The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between 14 Alaska Native tribal health programs and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will allow Alaska veterans to receive health care services in tribal clinics in various parts of Alaska and not have to travel to Anchorage or Seattle to receive services. Under the agreement, the VA will reimburse the participating health care entities for the services, according to a Begich press release.