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Audit of Indian Health Service's Coverage of COVID-19 Testing

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provided $64 million in additional resources for COVID-19 response activities through the Indian Health Service (IHS) and requires coverage, without cost-sharing, for COVID-19 testing for American Indians/Alaska Natives, who receive health services. The Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act provided $750 million for COVID-19 testing and testing-related services through IHS. From these two Acts, funding for COVID-19 testing to urban Indian organizations total $53 million and funding to IHS Federal health programs and Tribal health programs total $611 million. We will audit IHS's allocation and utilization of funding to urban Indian organizations, IHS Federal health programs and Tribal health programs. Specifically, our objectives will be to determine whether: (1) IHS allocated the COVID-19 funds to ensure that testing supplies were available to meet community needs, and (2) COVID-19 funds were used by IHS and grantees for testing, including other testing-related services, in accordance with Federal requirements.

Announced or Revised Agency Title Component Report Number(s) Expected Issue Date (FY)
Completed Indian Health Service Audit of Indian Health Service's Coverage of COVID-19 Testing Office of Audit Services W-00-20-20025;