Subcommittee on Health Oversight Hearing: Native Veterans’ Access to Healthcare

Subcommittee on Health

Date: 10.30.19

Location: House Visitors Center 210

Presiding: Rep. Brownley

On Wednesday, October 30, 2019, the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing entitled “Native Veterans’ Access to Healthcare.” This oversight hearing will examine the unique barriers American Indian and Alaska Native veterans continue to face when seeking access to quality, culturally competent care from VA and tribal health systems.

Watch the meeting here

See meeting documents here

Panel One

Andrew C. Joseph Jr.

Immediate Past Member-at-large & Portland Area Representative

National Indian Health Board (NIHB)

Kevin J. Allis


National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)


Chief William Smith

Vice Chairperson

Alaska Native Health Board (ANHB)


Sonya M. Tetnowski


National Council on Urban Indian Health (NCUIH)

Marilynn Malerba

Chief, Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut

Indian Health Service Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee (IHS TSGAC)

Panel Two

Dr. Kameron Matthews

Deputy Under Secretary for Health for Community Care

Veterans’ Health Administration

Accompanied by Stephanie Birdwell, Dir. Office of Tribal Government Relations


Dr. Thomas Klobuchar

Executive Director

Office of Rural Health

Department of Veterans Affairs





Benjamin Smith

Deputy Director for

Intergovernmental Affairs

Indian Health Service