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SDPI renewal – The time to act is NOW!

With just a short time before Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) funding expires on September 30, 2017, it is critical that Tribes and their advocates reach out to Members of Congress about this renewal effort. Contact your members of Congress today and voice your support for renewing the program by September 30, 2017. Ask them to speak with leadership in the House and Senate to renew SDPI by the end of the month.
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Special Diabetes Program for Indians Outreach is Needed Now More Than Ever

While Members of Congress are home for Recess, the month of August is the perfect time to meet with your lawmakers or invite them to visit your Tribal or IHS healthcare facilities...

Naomi Petri begins work as a Dental Therapist in Oregon

COOS BAY, OR -The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians (CTCLUSI) this week became the first in Oregon to join the dental therapy movement, hiring Dental Therapist and CTCLUSI member Naomi Petrie to provide oral health services in the community... READ MORE

The Founding Partners of the First Kids 1st Initiative formally joined together to support the healthy development of Native youth by updating the Native Children’s Policy Agenda.

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Tribal Health Reform Updates and Resources

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NIHB Hosts Native Health Presidential Transition Summit

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) meets with NIHB Chair, Lester Secatero, and Alaska Area Representative, Lincoln Bean.
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Posted: January 19, 2018

How a Government Shutdown Impacts Tribal Healthcare: What Tribes Can Expect

The federal government may be undergoing a shutdown if a Continuing Resolution (CR) is not passed by Congress and signed into law by 11:59PM today, January 19, 2018. Though the U.S. House of Representatives passed a 1-month CR to keep the federal government funded through February 16, 2018 on January 18, this bill does not have votes to pass in the U.S. Senate. The current potential shutdown is a result of disagreements within Congress over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA) and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)...

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Posted: January 18, 2018

We Fight On: Special Diabetes Program for Indians Renewal Efforts Continue

The Work Continues... Thank you to everyone who participated in Congressional outreach for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) renewal today. Unfortunately, we just learned that SDPI is not likely to be included in the current Continuing Resolution (CR). The House Rules Committee is considering the CR now - we expect that the Committee will issue a Closed Rule, meaning no amendments will be allowed, and SDPI renewal is not in the CR. The CR being considered the Rules Committee today, if approved, will expire February 16, 2018. The CR does contain a 6-year reauthorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). For many months, lawmakers and Congressional Leadership assured NIHB and Indian Country that the SDPI renewal would be taken up with CHIP: that did not happen today.

It is worthy of note, and we are grateful, that CHIP will be reauthorized for 6 years - because this program is so vital to American Indian and Alaska Native children...

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Posted: January 17, 2018

New Continuing Resolution Does NOT Include Special Diabetes Program for Indians Reauthorization

Yesterday, January 16, 2018, House Republican leadership released language for the next Continuing Resolution (CR), which will fund federal government agencies until February 16. The CR includes a six-year reauthorization for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Many American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and their families receive coverage from this program, and NIHB supports its renewal. Unfortunately, the CR does NOT include any language renewing the Special Diabates Program for Indians (SDPI), which now expires on March 31, 2018!

Up to this point, NIHB had been told by Congressional staff that SDPI would be renewed with the long-term CHIP reauthorization...

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Posted: December 22, 2017

Congress Approves Continuing Funding Resolution - Includes SDPI Funding Through March 31

Last night, Congress approved a short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would fund the federal government - including the Indian Health Service and most other federal agencies - through January 19, 2018 at current year funding levels. The previous CR would have expired today. The legislation passed in the House of Representatives by a margin of 231-188 where 16 Republicans voted no and 14 Democrats voted for the bill. In the Senate the legislation was approved by a vote of 66-32. In the Senate, 17 Democrats supported the measure and 2 Republicans opposed.

Importantly, the bill also contained a short term extension for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI). Funding for this life-saving program would have expired on December 31. The new extension funds SDPI through March 31. The House of Representatives has already approved a 2-year extension for SDPI but due to the way it was paid for (through cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund) that legislation did not make it through the Senate...

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Posted: December 12, 2017

Congressional Leadership Needs to Hear from You on Renewing SDPI

Washington, DC - On September 29, 2017, President Trump signed a 3 month extension for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) into law as part of the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act (H.R. 3823). The program is now set to expire on December 31, 2017. Congress must act immediately so this life-saving program can continue in 301 Tribal communities across the country. Tribal leaders, members, and SDPI allies, should contact Congressional leadership immediately to urge them to focus on long-term renewal of SDPI. Both Senate and House leadership are key because they must schedule time for SDPI-related legislation to be considered as soon as possible.

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Posted: November 9, 2017

New Video Shows How Dental Therapy Helps Alaska Native Youth

Kake, AK - The National Indian Health Board, with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and participation from the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, is proud to release a new video highlighting the impact of Dental Health Aide Therapists (DHATs) on Tribal youth in the community of Kake, Alaska. This video can be used as a tool for Tribes outside of Alaska looking to learn more about this innovative program...

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Posted: October 25, 2017

President Trump Sends Indian Health Service Director Nomination to Senate

On Tuesday, October 24, President Trump sent four nominations to the U.S. Senate for confirmation - including the Indian Health Service (IHS) Director nominee, Robert M. Weaver.

Who is Robert Weaver?
As indicated in the White House's original announcement, Robert Weaver is a member of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma and has long worked in hospitals, healthcare facilities, and health insurance. He is the founder and owner of four companies that provide healthcare consulting services to Tribal governments, their enterprises, and their members. Currently, Mr. Weaver owns his own business as an insurance broker and serves as the consultative representative to U.S. government relations for his own Tribe on healthcare issues. Mr. Weaver lives in Oklahoma with his wife and four children...Read More

Posted: October 18, 2017

Congress Releases Bipartisan Deal to Stabilize Health Insurance Marketplaces

On October 17, the leading Senators on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) unveiled a bipartisan plan to stabilize health insurance marketplaces. In the wake of an announcement from the Administration last week on ending the monthly subsidies made to health insurance companies, Congress faced added pressure from health insurers to move quickly on some form of stabilizing efforts for health insurance marketplaces.

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Posted: October 13, 2017

President Trump Orders Two Actions on the Affordable Care Act

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order and issued a policy announcement that, taken together, could end the centerpiece of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: the Federally Facilitated Marketplace.

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Posted: October 4, 2017

Congress Enacts 3-month Extension for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

On September 29, 2017, President Trump signed a 3 month extension for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI) into law as part of the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act (H.R. 3823). The program would have expired on September 30, 2017, but now is set to expire on December 31, 2017. It is funded level funding from previous years ($150 million).

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Posted: October 4, 2017

Affordable Care Act Repeal and Replace Efforts Will Not Move Forward in the Senate

Senate leaders announced today that they will not proceed with the latest legislative attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act and reform the Medicaid system. This news follows the announcement of Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) that said she would not vote for the proposal. This left the Republicans short of the needed 50 votes to pass the legislation.

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Posted: August 17, 2017

Special Diabetes Program for Indians Outreach is Needed Now More Than Ever

While Members of Congress are home for Recess, the month of August is the perfect time to meet with your lawmakers or invite them to visit your Tribal or IHS healthcare facilities. A top priority for Indian health legislation this Recess is the much needed renewal of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians (SDPI).

SDPI impacts the lives of well over 782,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives each year by funding over 300 diabetes treatment and prevention programs across the nation. No one can deny that SDPI has been a remarkable success - since the program's beginning in 1997 American Indians and Alaska Natives have had improved health outcomes and, therefore, lower spending on expensive treatments.

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