Administration & Agency Updates

Recent Administration & Agency Updates


Rural Providers Impacted by COVID-19 Start to Receive American Rescue Plan Payments

On November 23, 2021, the Biden-Harris administration began distributing American Rescue Plan (ARP) rural funding totaling $7.5 billion. The money will go to providers and suppliers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare beneficiaries. Providers may use the funds to purchase supplies such as N95 or surgical masks; equipment like ventilators or improved filtration systems; capital investments; information technology; and…

FDA Expands Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccine Boosters

On November 19, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that all adults 18 years of age and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster shot for Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines. This is a win for Indian Country. The expanded use of booster doses for individuals in this group helps to provide continued protection for Tribal communities against COVID-19.  …

The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Stakeholder Briefing on the American Indian/Alaska Native Community

The COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force stakeholder briefing on the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Community was held virtually last week. During this call, there were some recommendations for AI/AN people.   The Federal Government should fully fund the Indian Health Service (IHS) and self-determined Tribes as recommended by the IHS budget formulation committee for health care and health services for AI/AN population…

U.S. Surgeon General Releases New Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation

On November 9, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that as part of the new phase of COVID-19 vaccination campaign for children ages 5 to 11 years old, the U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy released a Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation. Tribal communities can use this toolkit to help navigate the serious threat of health misinformation, especially…

Biden Administration Announces New Investments to Support COVID-⁠19 Response and Recovery Efforts in the Hardest-Hit and High-Risk Communities and Populations as COVID-⁠19 Health Equity Task Force Submits Final Report

On November 10, Biden-Harris Administration announced a new investment in their effort to protect communities hit hard during the COVID-19 pandemic such as American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. The $785 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan to support community-based organizations building vaccine confidence in AI/AN communities, rural areas, and low-income populations; to reinforce the efforts of Tribal communities to mitigating…

Guidance and Support for Planning School Vaccination Clinics

On November 8, 2021, the U.S. Department of Education and the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent a joint letter to school officials. These two departments urged school officials to (1) host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic at their school(s), (2) distribute information about the COVID-19 vaccine to all families including American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) with children ages 5–11 years,…

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