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August 10, 2017

NEW THR Training Video in Outreach and Education Materials: Creating AI/AN Community Enrollment Events

Go Here to see the new video uploaded by the NIHB Outreach and Education staff!


July 26, 2017

Great Resources Available Now!–CMS Native Language Public Service Announcements–

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has recently released some new and effective outreach and education materials!

To help share information about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with tribal communities, CMS works with American Indian and Alaska Native community members to translate tribal ACA public service announcements (PSAs) into 5 Native languages – Lakota, Navajo, Ojibwe, Yupik, and Zuni. Find Native-language PSAs about the ACA for your community at this webpage: HERE

April 3, 2017


Located in Washington DC on Capitol Hill, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB), a non-profit organization, provides a variety of services to tribes, Area Health Boards, Tribal organizations, federal agencies, and private foundations. NIHB represents Tribal governments—both those that operate their own health care delivery systems through contracting and compacting, and those receiving health care directly from the Indian Health Service (IHS). The NIHB continually presents the Tribal perspective while monitoring federal legislation, and opening opportunities to network with other national health care organizations to engage their support on Indian health care issues. The only organization of its kind; dedicated to strengthening healthcare for all AI/ANs.

A large portion of NIHB’s is carried out in the realm of advocacy, policy formation, legislation, and tracking. It is for these reasons that we work to keep a pulse on the impacts being made on Tribal communities through Tribal and non-Tribal health reform. With many pending changes to the current health care environment and some already occurring, it is essential that NIHB collect and store the successes and failures of the health care reform for American Indian and Alaska Native throughout the nation up until this point. Knowledge of these stories will allow NIHB to be equipped in its own advocacy work moving forward and be better prepared to brief key decision makers, senators, and other individuals playing a role in the future of our nation’s health care and health reform impacting Tribal communities.

For these reasons, NIHB is conducting a Story Banking campaign to collect inspirational stories of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals achieving and sustaining health through the variety of health coverage options. These include: health insurance coverages such as Medicaid, Medicare, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). In the past, the focus has been around success stories for AI/ANs Natives on the Health Insurance Marketplace. However, with potential changes in the current health care environment, highlighting the importance of a wider focus of health care impacts at the policy level for American Indians and Alaska Natives is relevant more than ever.

To facilitate these efforts NIHB now has an online google form to submit stories for this campaign. See this form HERE 

The stories can be short and do not have to include the actual name of the participant or other sensitive details.  NIHB staff wants to work with you to record your stories, for more information, please contact Chawin ‘Win’ Reilly at [email protected]

July 3, 2017

NIHB To Provide Leading Tribal Health Reform Resources, Legislative, Policy, and Otherwise! Link Below

The National Indian Health Board’s mission to serve as the one voice and advocate of all 567 Federally Recognized Tribes on behalf of their health and wellness issues has been very busy with the work of Health Care Reform proposed under the current administration.

In an effort to keep those in Indian Country, especially individuals working in Tribal Health Care Reform, the NIHB staff has worked diligently to produce a variety of Legislative, Policy, and Educative materials for use by Tribal Leaders, Administrators, and Indian Country at large.

Most recently, NIHB released a joint letter with the National Congress of American Indians, National Council on Urban Indian Health, and the Tribal Self Governance Tribes to the Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressing the Tribal stance on the recently proposed Senate Health Care Bill the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” or informally “BCRA.”

The letter can be view HERE and outlines these priorities for moving forward on healthcare reform:

1)Maintain Medicaid funding based on need, rather than capping it according to a complicated per capita allocation formula or through capped block grants.

2) Continue Medicaid Expansion, and at the very least, continue Medicaid Expansion for AI/ANs

3) Protect AI/ANs from barriers to care that are inconsistent with the federal trust responsibility, such as work requirements under Medicaid

4) Retain cost-sharing protections at Section 1402 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA); and

5) Maintain funding for preventative services, including the Prevention and Public Health Fund and women’s health services.

See the 2017 Tribal Health Reform Priorities and Resources Page with additional information and materials can be found HERE 

July 14, 2017

For Your Reference! NIHB Side By Side Comparison Document of ACA, AHCA, and Senate BCRA Bill

Enrollment Assisters, Navigators, Enrollment Assisters, and other Health Reform Experts, the National Indian Health Board has created a side by side comparison chart. This document gives you a look at the changes proposed in the two Republican House and Senate bills in contrast to the changes made under the ACA. There is particular attention for AI/AN specific elements and Tribal Health Care Reform relevant material.

This document is great for understanding the potential changes in your work and talking to consumers confidently and accurately about the proposed health care reform changes.

Remember, as of July 17th, 2017 there have no formal legislative changes made to the ACA and the bills in the House and Senate respectively are still pending approval! The ACA is still the law of the land and AI/AN’s can still enroll monthly into Marketplace coverage! 

See the Side By Side Guide HERE!