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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Legislative Action Alerts are only sent to your inbox when legislation relevant to Indian health is introduced, debated, or voted upon. These timely alerts will provide background information and a pathway for you to get involved in the issue at hand.

Please join us in Creating the National Indian Health Board’s 2019 Legislative and Policy Agenda!

Every year, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) engages with Tribes and Tribal leaders to examine the political landscape to set forth an agenda that focuses on key priorities and topical areas that will require targeted efforts and concerted energy to advance throughout the year. This Legislative and Policy Agenda lays the path for NIHB’s work each year.

During meetings with Congress and the Administration, NIHB uses this agenda to advocate, with a unified voice, for the top priorities of the Tribes when it comes to health. The document allows NIHB to not only elevate the most important issues of the Tribes, but also track progress for Indian Health policy.

Some of the major successes from the 2018 Legislative and Policy Agenda include:

  • $50 million Tribal Set-aside for opioid grants in both FYs 2018 and 2019
  • 5% Tribal set-aside for opioid funding in the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (P.L. 115-271)
  • Continued increased funding for the Indian Health Service
  • $5 million increase for the Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country program in FY 2019
  • $10 million increase for Tribal Behavioral Health Grants in FY 2019
  • 2 year renewal of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians

Click here to view the full 2018 Legislative and Policy Agenda.

In the first quarter of next year, NIHB’s Board of Directors will develop the 2019 Legislative and Policy Agenda based on feedback from Indian Country. We urge you to submit your policy priorities for the Board’s consideration either to your regional board member or Member Organization or NIHB staff.

If you would like to submit recommendations directly to NIHB staff, please send your recommendations to Caitrin McCarron Shuy, NIHB Director of Congressional Relations at [email protected] by January 4, 2019.

Legislative Inquiries:

Caitrin Shuy
Director, Congressional Relations

910 Pennsylvania Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20003
Phone: 202-507-4085
Email: [email protected]