FORT BELKNAP, Mont. (NMB) – Governor Steve Bullock on Monday joined Fort Belknap Indian Community Tribal leaders and state legislators to celebrate a new law that will allow Montana tribes to set up Community Health Aide Programs to improve access to health care for Native Americans living in reservation communities.
In a press release, President of the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council Andrew Werk said, “We are proud to have worked with Governor Bullock, Senator Small, and Representative Windy Boy along with other tribal leaders and advocates to pass this monumental legislation to build the tribe’s capacity to train and provide primary or preventative health care to our people.”
House Bill 599 eliminated barriers by allowing Montana tribes to set up Community Health Aide Programs. Care provide can include traditional services, such as limited physician, behavioral, and dental health care, as well as health screenings, in-home care, and prescribing eyeglasses.