U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) National Health Insurance Marketplace Tribal Consultation Call-March 19, 2013

HHS, the Centers for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a National Health Insurance Marketplace Tribal Consultation Call held  with Tribal leaders and representatives.  HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Gary Cohen, Deputy Administrator and Director, CCIIO, and Kelly Dinicolo, Senior Technical Adviser, Office of Communications, CMS provided the updates on the progress of implementing key Affordable Care Act (ACA) Provisions.

To view notes of this meeting Click here

 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

15th Annual Tribal Budget Consultation (ATBC)

March 6 to March 8, 2013

Great Hall of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building

200 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC

The Department understands the importance of hearing from tribes on national crosscutting issues, regional perspectives, as well as tribal-specific concerns.  To read the Dear Tribal Letter from HHS Secretary Sebelius,  click here: 15th Annual Consultation DTLL

The consultation session will provide a forum for tribes to collectively share their views and priorities with HHS officials on national health and human services funding priorities and recommendations for the Department’s FY 2015 budget request.  We hope the consultation will provide a venue for a two-way conversation between tribal leaders and HHS officials on program issues and concerns that will lead to recommended actions.

To be involved in the planning process, 2013 ATBC Planning Outline FINAL

The schedule for this year’s consultation is as follows:

Tribal Resource Day: Wednesday March 6, 2013

The session is designed to give an overview of the programs, grants, and services that the Department provides to tribes.  This session is particularly helpful for newly-elected tribal leaders or others who want a comprehensive introduction to HHS.  We will also include an overview and training focused specifically on how the Affordable Care Act affects tribes.

One-on-one meetings with HHS Divisions: Thursday, March 7, 2013

Building off of the success of last year’s one-on-one sessions, we will once again be providing tribes’ time for one-on-one meetings to share their specific health and human service issues with HHS officials. This session will occur from 8:00 am to noon.  Officials from various HHS agencies will be available to listen and add to the conversation.  For this specific portion of the consultation we ask that you pre-register so that all tribes have an opportunity to meet with HHS representatives.  Please note that the amount of time that you are allotted to meeting with individual HHS officials will be determined by the volume of requests.  To pre-register for one-on-one meeting time, please email your request, and include the agency/agencies you would like to meet, to [email protected].

Annual Budget Consultation: Thursday, March 7 & Friday, March 8, 2013

At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2012, we will begin the consultation session.  HHS will identify specific issues on which we would like to consult with tribes and will send them to you in the next few weeks so that you can prepare your thoughts, ideas, and recommendations.


2013 Annual Regional Tribal Consultations (RTC)

In addition to the ATBC, the Department will again host Regional Tribal consultation sessions to address how the Department can continue to improve our outreach and coordination and to discuss programmatic issues and overall concerns with tribes.  Regional sessions will include one-on-one time with the Regional Directors, as well as a tribal resource day similar to the session held during the ATBC. For additional details, click here: 2013 RTC Info FINAL.

Dates and Locations for Regional Consultations:

  • February 6-7, 2013 Arlington, VA (Region 1, 2, 4, and 6)
  • March 26 – 28, 2013 Phoenix, AZ (Region 9)
  • April 2 – 4, 2013 Denver, CO (Region 7 & 8)
  • April 10 – 12, 2013 Tulsa, OK (Region 6 and 7)
  • April 22 -24 , 2013 Minneapolis, MN (Region 5)
  • May 14 – 16, 2013 Seattle, WA (Region 10)
  • Navajo Area Date TBD


CMS & IRS Tribal Consultation on Proposed Rules for Minimum Essential Coverage & Individual Shared Responsibility for Health Insurance-February 21, 2013

Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013

Time: 12:30pm to 2:00pm, Eastern Time

HHS Hubert Humphrey Building, Room 505A

Call-in number: 877-267-1577; Passcode: 2579

A Tribal consultation session, regarding Proposed Rules for Minimum Essential Coverage and Individual Shared Responsibility for Health Insurance, will be held in Washington, D.C. on February 21 at the conclusion of the CMS Tribal Technical Advisory Group (TTAG) meeting.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) are committed to engaging in meaningful consultation with Tribes on matters that have tribal implications. To that end, they are writing to request your advice and input on these separate Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRMs) published by CMS and Treasury. Read the the Dear Tribal Leader Letter: DTLL Tribal Consultation 022113_FINAL.

Webinar Link: (NOTE: Presentation slides will only be available during the call.  To access the slides, please login to the website as a Guest.)

Please contact Kitty Marx, Director of CMS Tribal Affairs Group, with any questions or concerns regarding this tribal consultation session by phone, (410) 786-8619, or via e-mail, [email protected].


HHS Tribal Consultation on Exchanges Proposed Rulemaking, Washington, DC

September 15, 2011, Washington, DC

HHH Building: Great Hall
200 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invites Tribes to participate in an upcoming Tribal consultation on the Affordable Insurance Exchanges Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) as well as other provisions in the Affordable Care Act. HHS is working hard to implement policies that will improve the quality and accessibility of health services for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people. The consultation sessions will provide a general overview of the Affordable Care Act and the specific provision mentioned above, including an educational session on each topic, followed by a consultation for that topic. For more information on insurance exchanges, please visit: