July 8, 2014  |  Issue 14-21




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

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In This Issue



House Interior Appropriations Spending Bill to be Considered in Subcommittee this Week 


11th Annual Direct Service Tribes National Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico This Week 


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: 2014 NIHB Annual Consumer Conference 


ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: 2014 NIHB Native Youth Health Summit 


NIHB Traveling to Indian Country for Affordable Care Act Training 


Capitol Hill Update

House Interior Appropriations Spending Bill to be Considered in Subcommittee this Week

On Wednesday, July 9, the House Interior, Appropriations and Related Agencies Subcommittee will consider is FY 2015 spending bill. This bill provides funding for many programs serving Indian Country including the Indian Health Service (IHS) and Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Despite this important step, the future of FY 2015 spending legislation still remains uncertain largely due to controversial policy provisions that some in Congress are attempting to attach to several spending measures. If the subcommittee passes the bill, it will then need to be considered by the full Appropriations Committee before it goes to the floor of the House of Representatives. 


For FY 2015, the Administration has requested, $4.6 billion, or $199.7 million about FY 2014 enacted levels. Tribes have recommended $5.3 billion for IHS for next year. The increase recommended by the Tribal Budget Formulation Workgroup would help fund priority areas of the IHS budget including Hospitals and Clinics, Mental Health, Purchased/Referred Care, Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services and Health Care Facilities and Construction. You can read the full Tribal Budget Requests for FY 2015 and FY 2016 here.


Please stay tuned to NIHB for upcoming announcements on FY 2015 spending legislation. Please contact NIHB Director of Congressional Relations, Caitrin Shuy (cshuy@nihb.org or (202) 507-4085) with any questions.  

Administration Update
11th Annual Direct Service Tribes National Meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico This Week

The 11th Annual Direct Service Tribes (DST) National Meeting will be held July 9-10, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  The Direct Service Tribal leaders and Federal healthcare officials will discuss the present day health care delivery system.


The key focus will be to discuss important strategies and issues facing DST while identifying the challenges and opportunities. This annual meeting will also provide legislative action updates, as well as updates on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and Indian Healthcare Improvement Act. Meeting participants will also discuss best practices for communication and collaboration between IHS leadership and Tribal Health Programs.


Important healthcare topics to be discussed in breakout Sessions:


- Traditional Medicine in Healthcare

- Contract Health Services

- Healthcare Facility Construction

- Long-Term Care

- Contract Support Costs

- Veterans Affairs

- Public Health


Click here for more information to view a Summary Agenda.

NIHB Updates

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 

Strategic Action: Budget, Policy and 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 at www.nihb.org.

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: 2014 NIHB Native Youth Health Summit

The National Indian Health Board is proud to announce that we are currently accepting applications for this year's Native Youth Health Summit.  The Summit this year is being hosted by the Navajo Nation and will take place in Window Rock, AZ, September 4-9, 2014 as an official pre-conference event to the Annual Consumer Conference.  The Youth Summit always serves to energize all youth and adults involved. There is no better investment in our future than investing in our youth. 


The Summit will allow participants to develop their own digital stories that they can then take back home to share with their Tribes, Health Board, Area and friends.  The Summit will also feature fitness activities, educational forums, and some fun activities that will bring the participants outsides and interacting with the community. The Youth Summit is a wonderful and exciting opportunity to assist youth to grow in their own health advocacy and knowledge. 


The application packet and additional information is available online at http://nihb.org/communications/acc_2014_youth_summit.php.  The packet contains information on deadlines, application process, travel, fees, agenda, roles and responsibilities for both youth participants and adult chaperones. The packet also includes actual application forms that the youth will need to completedand submit to NIHB by July 31st


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Robert Foley, Acting Director of Public Health Programs and Policy, at rfoley@nihb.org

NIHB Traveling to Indian Country for Affordable Care Act Training

This summer, NIHB will be traveling to many locations in Indian Country to provide training on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law offers new opportunities for Indian Country because it allows American Indians and Alaska Natives increased access to those health services not provided onsite at the IHS facility, and will increase the continuity of care.  The ACA also reinforces the government-to-government relationship that Tribes have with the Federal Government, as it permanently reauthorizes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, which is a vital component of our health care delivery system.


This summer NIHB will be holding several training sessions across Indian Country including locations in Ft. Duchesne, UT; Phoenix AZ; and Navajo Nation.  Topics in the training include:  

  • Overview of Affordable Care Act (ACA)

  • Health Insurance Marketplace

  • Medicaid Expansion and CHIP

  • Exemption Waivers

  • Large Employer Shared Responsibility Provision of the ACA

  • New Opportunities for Direct Service Tribes with 638 and Purchased/ Referred Care

  • Implications for Tribal Communities and Individuals


You can view the full schedule here.  


If you are interested in requesting a training for your area or community, please contact Dawn Coley, Tribal Health Care Reform Outreach and Education Program Manager, at dcoley@nihb.org or April Hale, Tribal Health Care Reform Outreach and Education Communications Coordinator, at ahale@nihb.org, or call NIHB at 202-507-4070. You may visit www.nihb.org/tribalhealthreform for information about the trainings.  

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