NPAIHB Legislative & Policy Update
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
IMPORTANT DATES
All meetings virtual

Mar 23, 2021
Office of National Drug Control Policy Tribal Consultation
11 a.m. 1:30 p.m. PST
Link to Meeting
Meeting ID: 160 9953 2172 Passcode: 610467

Mar 23, 2021
Tribal Caucus on the HHS Tribal Consultation Policy Consultation
3-4 p.m. PST

Mar 25, 2021
Region 10 Consultation on the HHS Tribal Consultation Policy
11 a.m. - 2 p.m. PST

Mar 26, 2021
COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force
E-mail your name, title, and tribe to COVID19HETF@hhs.gov
9am - 12pm Pacific

Mar 31 - Apr 01, 2021
Indian Health Service Information Systems Advisory Committee Meeting
Call 669-254-5252, Meeting ID: 160 431 9067, Passcode 502430
8am - 11 a.m., 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. (both days)

Apr 02, 2021 or Apr 05, 2021
Office of Management and Budget Consultation on Tribal Consultation
Log-in Information Available Soon
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
 
Apr 07, 2021
Veterans Affairs Consultation on Tribal Consultation Policy
Conference # 2052718, Passcode 1628337
7 - 8:30 a.m.
ACTION ALERTS
 Office of National Drug Control Policy Tribal Consultation, Mar 23, 2021:
 Upcoming Consultations on the Tribal Consultation Policy, Mar 25, 2021:
Pursuant to President Biden's Presidential Memorandum on Jan 26, 2021, executive departments and agencies have been tasked with submitting a detailed plan for implementing Executive Order 13175 and have scheduled tribal consultation to obtain tribal input on strengthening and improving the tribal consultation policy and process.
FY 2022 Appropriations has released instructions on submitting tribal witness testimony for the FY 2022 budget.  All testimony is due by Apr 16, 2021. Instructions
LEGISLATIVE UPDATES
S. 796. Protecting Moms Who Serve Act. Codifies maternity care coordination programs at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes. Calls for the first-ever comprehensive study on the scope of America's maternal health crisis among women Veterans-with a focus on racial and ethnic disparities on maternal health outcomes-while also supporting maternal care coordination programs at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities. Invests $15 million in maternity care coordination programs. Commissions a comprehensive study on maternal mortality and severe maternal morbidity among Veterans, with a focus on racial and ethnic disparities in maternal health outcomes.

H.R. 1976 Medicare for All introduced by Pramila Jayapal (D-WA).

H.R. 1939 Legislation to allocate $2.6 billion in funding to the Indian Health Service (IHS) Sanitation Facilities Construction Program to construct and improve multiple critical sanitation projects across Indian Country.

H.R. 1888 Requiring100% FMAP for Indian Health Providers, including Urban Indian Organizations, and extending the Medicaid Encounter Rate for services furnished by a tribal health facility outside the "4 walls" of that facility.  
 
H.R. 1848 Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow's America (LIFT) Act Includes $5b for Indian health facilities planning, design, and construction, $6b for public health infrastructure, and $80b for high-speed broadband internet infrastructure ($500m tribal set-aside).

Legislative Tracker: An on-going list of legislation introduced in the 117th Congress.
POLICY UPDATES
Office of the Inspector General has announced that they will be auditing the Indian Health Service COVID-19 vaccine policies and procedures for COVID-19 vaccines distributed to Tribal Health Programs. The audit period is Dec 11, 2020 - Feb 28, 2021.

CMS Updates Vaccine ToolkitCMS updates COVID-19 vaccine toolkit which includes: increased vaccine administration reimbursement rate of $40 for Medicare, updates to coverage, and cost sharing under Medicaid, CHIP, and BHP.

NPAIHB Regulations Tracker: An on-going list of federal agency actions with impact analysis
For more information
 Laura Platero, Executive Director
Veronica Smith, Health Policy Consultant | Lisa L. Griggs, Executive and Program Ops Assistant | Candice Jimenez, Health Policy Specialist | Liz Coronado, Health Policy Specialist
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