Tribe Drops Lawsuit Against Nebraska Over Doctor Dispute

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An American Indian tribe has dropped its lawsuit against the state.

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska had accused state officials of ignoring a provision in the federal health overhaul law that allows tribes to hire doctors not licensed by the state in which they practice.

The state had refused to recognize Dr. Rosa M. Huguet, licensed in Puerto Rico, and ordered her to stop practicing at the tribe's Omaha health clinic. That prompted the tribe to sue.

Previously, tribal doctors had to be licensed by the state in which they practiced. The new law allows tribal doctors to hold a license in any of the 50 states, the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory.

The tribe withdrew the lawsuit this week after state officials reversed their opposition to Huguet.

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