Native Americans Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Food or Insulin. A 2021 AARP survey of registered voters age 50 and older, nearly one-fifth (19 percent) said they had not filled a doctor’s prescription in the past two years, with the most common reason being that they could not pay for it. The Biden administration has focused on fixing this problem. As part of the Inflation Reduction Act, diabetic American Indians and Alaska Natives on Medicare Part D qualified for savings on insulin because the Act provides for a $35 per month cap as of January 1, 2023. On July 1, 2023, those on Medicare Part B coverage (which covers insulin taken through a traditional insulin pump) will benefit.
Powerful docuseries spotlights missing and murdered Indigenous women. Indigenous people, as the National Indian Council on Aging reports, according to the U.S. Census, constitute 1.1% of the total U.S. population. Yet, among some Native American tribes, Native women experience murder rates 10 times higher than the national average, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center reports. Filmmakers confront that disparity in “Murder in Big Horn.” Augmented by its outstanding contextual analysis, the docuseries’ compelling storytelling heightens awareness about a problem requiring more urgent action: missing and murdered Indigenous women. Originally airing in three one-hour segments in February, all episodes of “Murder in Big Horn” are now available to stream on Showtime.
Those are your headlines at this hour. I’m Colette Keith in the KIPI News center.