Administration & Agency Updates

Recent Administration & Agency Updates

Biden Administration Invests Additional $1.8 Billion in American Rescue Plan Funding to Combat COVID-19 in Indian Country

On Tuesday, June 16, the Biden Administration announced an additional investment of $1.8 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to combat COVID-19 in Indian Country. This is in addition to an investment of more than $4 billion that was announced in April 2021. These funds are one-time, non-recurring, and can only be used for the purposes specified in the statute. According to the…

Indian Health Service Approves COVID-19 Vaccinations for Youth Ages 12 and Over

The Indian Health Service announced that facilities will now begin vaccinating youth, who are 12 years old and up, with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. IHS’s announcement follows the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanding the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine for adolescents age 12 through 15 years in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and increase community immunity. Vaccinating Native youth means they can…

FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Funding Applications Due May 6

On April 29, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opened Round 2 of the FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The program supports eligible health care providers (HCPs) responding to the pandemic by fully funding their telecommunications services, information services, and connected devices necessary to provide telehealth and connected care services. Funding may be retroactive for services and devices purchased since March 13, 2020. The deadline to apply is May 6. What can…

Indian Health Service Update on Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine

On Friday, April 23, at the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the Indian Health Service (IHS) has lifted its pause of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine administration. Indian Health Service facilities will resume administering the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine. IHS originally paused administration of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to allow the FDA and CDC to review…

White House Releases Dear Tribal Leader on American Rescue Plan Funding to Indian Country

On April 16, the White House released a Dear Tribal Leader outlining the over $4 Billion in funding provided to Indian Country in the American Rescue Plan to combat COVID-19. The letter highlights: $600 Million to increase COVID-19 vaccinations in Indian Country $1 billion to detect, diagnose, trace, monitor, and mitigate COVID-19 infections $2 billion for tribal health systems due to lost reimbursements for…

Announcement of Pause in Use of Johnson & Johnson/Janssen Vaccine

On April 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration recommended that all hospitals, clinics, and other providers sites, including Indian Health Service (IHS) and Tribal health facilities and clinics, pause the use of the Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine due to reports of adverse events. In the United States, there have been six reported cases of a rare…

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