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    IHS Announces Settlement with Employee Union

    On May 22, 2015, Robert McSwain, Acting Director of the Indian Health Service (IHS) announced that the IHS reached a settlement with employee unions.  The settlement, totaling nearly $80 million, was adjudicated after arbitration between the IHS and unions.

    IHS intends to cover the costs of the settlement from three funding sources within the Agency:

    • $20 million from the new staffing funding increase in FY2015 appropriation, originally identified for the Kayenta Health Center in Kayent, AZ (construction delays have resulted in only a $4 million need for this site);
    • $9 million from prior year funding; and
    • $50-51 million from prior year third-party health insurance collections.

    To read the entire announcement, click here.