Biden Will Invest Billions To Combat COVID-19 On Native American Nations

Jun 17, 2021

President Biden has announced plans to invest an additional $1.8 billion in American Rescue Plan funding to combat COVID-19 on Native American nations.

Credit Department of Health and Human Services

The Biden Administration today said the investment will “strengthen the public health workforce in Indian Country, support mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment…and continue efforts to detect and treat COVID-19.” Indian Health Services says it plans to use $240 million of Rescue Plan funding to recruit and retain public health professionals, another $420 million to expand mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment programs, $500 million to monitor and mitigate COVID-19 infections, and $610 million to construct, renovate and maintain facilities where patients are treated.