Administration & Agency Updates

Recent Administration & Agency Updates

Indian Health Service issues letter on Allocation Decisions of CDC Funds

On February 2, 2021, the Indian Health Service (IHS) Acting Director sent a letter to Tribal Leaders and Urban Indian Organizations to announce the allocation decisions for $210 million in new resources transferred from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to the IHS. The funds are to support COVID-19 vaccine-related activities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. They were authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental…

IHS Releases COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Draft Plan, Invitation to Comment – Deadline 10/21/20

In September, the United States Department of Health and Human Services initiated Tribal consultation to seek input from Tribal leaders on COVID-19 vaccine planning for Indian Country. The Indian Health Service (IHS) issued a Dear Tribal Leader Letter (DTLL) to request input through Wednesday, October 21, on the Indian Health Service (IHS) COVID‑19 Pandemic Vaccine Draft Plan. IHS developed and will continue to tailor the plan based on available information and Tribal leader…

Lifeline Releases Tribal Toolkit

Lifeline offers a monthly benefit of up to $9.25 toward phone or Internet services for eligible consumers and up to $34.25 for those living on federally-recognized Tribal lands. Additionally, residents of Tribal lands can receive reimbursement for the full cost of starting service with certain phone or Internet companies at their primary residence, up to $100, through Lifeline’s Tribal Link Up program. Lifeline is…

HHS Opens Additional Tranche of Provider Relief Funding – Applications Due November 6, 2020

On Thursday October 1, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced their decision to allocate an additional $20 billion dollars in funding from the Provider Relief Fund. This new Phase 3 General Distribution will be open to providers who have already received general distribution funding, including those who have already received 2% of annual revenue that they get from patient care.…

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