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For a period of eight months following the closure of the Sioux San Hospital emergency room in Rapid City, Regional Health officials say they covered over 25-hundred IHS eligible patients.

Mike Diedrich is the vice president of governmental affairs from Regional Health.

Diedrich says ER care for Indian Health Service eligible patients is swallowed by the hospital.

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The Indian Health Service is permanently closing the Sioux San Hospital’s emergency room and inpatient services.

IHS must report to Congress at least one year prior to the date they intend to close the facility.

In a press release, IHS says it will terminate emergency room and overnight, inpatient services by July of 2018.

IHS’s emergency room temporarily closed in September last year.  Those seeking emergency room care were referred to the nearby Rapid City Regional Hospital. It never reopened.

Lee Strubinger / SDPB

South Dakota’s US House Representative says an Indian Health Service reform bill is moving quickly through Congress.

Congresswoman Kristi Noem has sponsored similar legislation in the past. The bill increases care standards, gives IHS more recruitment tools and requires more accountability from providers.

Noem gave an update on the bill at a town hall meeting in Rapid City on Wednesday.

The legislation is in response to years of reports about poorly delivered care and mismanagement.

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