June 24, 2014  |  Issue 14-19




31st Annual Consumer Conference 

September 8-11, 2014

 Albuquerque, New Mexico 


NIHB 2014 Native Youth Health Summit

Navajo Nation

September 5-8, 2014


11th Annual Direct Service Tribes National Meeting

Albuquerque, NM

July 9-10, 2014



June 25, 2014

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In This Issue



CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2014 NIHB Annual Consumer Conference


Congress Continues to Work Through Appropriations but at a Slower Pace


Health Resources & Services Administration Seeks Input on Tribal Consultation Policy


CMS ALL Tribes' Call

NIHB Update

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) invites proposals for the 2014 Annual Consumer Conference, "Advancing Health Care through Consultation, Technology and Tradition." This year's conference will focus on the following tracks:


Medicare, Medicaid and Health Care Reform
Health Care Policy & Advocacy
Health Information Technology
Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
Youth Health and Public Health
Tribal Oral Health


NIHB encourages presenters addressing the top Tribal health priorities, as identified by American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Click here for online application and more information.

Capitol Hill Update

Congress Continues to Work Through Appropriations but at a Slower Pace

Last week, the Senate intended to pass three FY 2015 spending measures known as a "minibus" containing the Agriculture; Commerce, Justice Science; and Transportation, Housing and Urban Development spending bills. However, that effort stalled because the parties could not reach an agreement on amendments. This failure to come together on these less-controversial bills has many questioning if we will be headed for another continuing resolution for FY 2015. As you may recall, the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies appropriations measure, which contains funding for the Indian Health Service and other programs serving American Indians and Alaska Natives also funds the Environmental Protection Agency, and is typically one of the most difficult measures to pass. However, last week in the House of Representatives passed the Appropriations measure for the Department of Defense with bipartisan consensus.


Despite this setback in the Senate, Appropriations Committees in both chambers will continue to move ahead with crafting the spending bills for FY 2015.   The Senate Appropriations Committee will work on the Financial Services and Homeland Security spending measures. The House Appropriations committee will also consider the Financial Services spending measure as well as the State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill. 

Administration Update

The Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) is currently seeking feedback related to the agency's Tribal Consultation Policy. This is in preparation for the HRSA Tribal Consultation Session that will occur in conjunction with the NIHB's Annual Consumer Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 8, 2014.


Comments are due by June 27, 2014 and can be submitted to HRSA's American Indian and Alaska Native inbox at aianhealth@hrsa.gov.


Click here to view the Dear Tribal Leader letter from HRSA Administration Dr. Mary Wakefield and click here to view the Tribal Consultation Policy. 

CMS All Tribes' Call

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting an ALL TRIBES' CALL to obtain advice and input regarding cost sharing reductions for American Indians and Alaska Natives who enroll in closed panel Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) in the Health Insurance Marketplace.  A closed panel QHP is a type of health maintenance organization (HMO) that does not cover services furnished by a provider outside of the HMO'S network of providers.


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