Washington Report

An NIHB Publication

The Washington Report is an e-newsletter produced by the National Indian Health Board. Each issue contains a listing of current events on Capitol Hill, information on passed and upcoming legislation, Indian health policy analysis and action items.

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Health Care Reform

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB) continually brings forward the concerns and perspectives of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the larger Health Care Reform discussion. NIHB recognizes that our nation's health care system must be reformed in order to make health insurance and health care available to more Americans. We will continue to meet with the policymakers in the Obama Administration, Congress and other health organizations to ensure that the unique needs of American Indians/Alaska Natives are addressed in health care reform legislation.

Tribal Health Reform: National Training for Indian Country on the Affordable Care Act and Indian Health Care Improvement Act

April 18-19, 2012
Mystic Lake Casino. Prior Lake, MN

Please call 952-445-9000 or 1-800-262-779 to reserve your room today! To receive group rate of $77 plus taxes, please reserve by April 4, 2012 and ask for the NIHOE rate.

Registration is free, but required by April 13, 2012.
Click Here to Register

Click Here for the Save The Date Flyer (PDF)

Click Here for the Agenda (PDF)

Hosted by the National Indian Health Board and the National Congress of American Indians

November 10, 2010

NIHB, NCAI, NCUIH Release Health Reform Survey

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), and the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) have been jointly awarded a grant from the Indian Health Service (IHS) to collaborate on the National Indian Health Education and Outreach initiative.

Through this partnership, our organizations are working together to develop the necessary tools and resources to assist Tribal nations and their communities in making more informed decisions about their new health care options under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

In order to have a better understanding of what resources and tools Tribal nations and their communities might need regarding health care delivery and options, we are encouraging Tribal leaders, American Indian and Alaska Native community members, Tribal employers, and health directors to complete a survey on the ACA.

Click here to take the survey!

November 4, 2010

NIHB Comments on Proposed Rules Related to ACA

The National Indian Health Board commented on six proposed federal rules related to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act on October 31st. Five of the proposed rules were issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), regarding eligibility for federal health coverage and the establishment of new state-run health insurance exchanges (online marketplaces where consumers can compare pricing and services to choose the best health insurance option for themselves and their families):

The final proposed rule was issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), regarding a new tax credit for individuals and families to aid in the purchase of health insurance through a state insurance exchange:

For more information or with questions, please contact Jennifer Cooper, Legislative Director, at: 202-507-4070

July 2, 2010

National Indian Health Board Submits Comments for IHCIA Implementation Consultation

The National Indian Health Board submitted comments to Dr. Roubideaux and Mr. Paul Dioguardi of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at DHHS on the Tribal consultation initiated by the May 12, 2010 Dear Tribal Leader letter. To view NIHB’s letter, click here

The Tribal Technical Advisory Group, the Medicare and Medicaid Policy Committee and the National Indian Health Board also submitted a joint letter in response to the consultation. To view this letter, click here

HHS and IHS Announce Consultation on Health Laws

May 14, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services and the Indian Health Service have announced a formal Tribal consultation with Tribal leaders on the implementation of the Indian provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. To read the “Dear Tribal Leader” letter click here. Comments are due by July 1, 2010, and are to be submitted to Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, MD, MPH, in writing or by email.

By mail:

Yvette Roubideaux, M.D., M.P.H.
Indian Health Service
801 Thompson Ave, Suite 440
Rockville, MD 20852

Or by email at:

[email protected]

Additional Information:


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