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Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

Legislative and Policy Update

Thursday, March 3, 2022

Important Dates

Mar. 2-3, 2022

TTAG Meeting


Mar. 3, 2022 (10:00 AM Pacific)

SAMHSA Tribal Information Session on 988 Suicide Prevention National Lifeline

Registration Link


Mar. 3, 2022 (11:00 AM Pacific)

CMS Tribal Leader Training Technical Advisory Committees: Nuts and Bolts

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Mar. 3, 2022 (1:30 PM Pacific)

NPAIHB Tribal Caucus on SAMHSA 42 CFR Part 2 - Confidentiality SUD Records


Mar. 8, 2022 (10:00 AM Pacific)

TLDC Meeting


Mar. 8-9, 2022

STAC Meeting


Mar. 9, 2022 (7:00 AM Pacific)

FAAB Meeting


Mar. 10, 2022 (11:00 AM Pacific)

CMS Tribal Leader Training Telehealth-Medicaid

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Mar. 10, 2022 (1:00 PM Pacific)

SAMHSA 42 CFR Part 2 Tribal Consultation

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Mar. 14, 2022 (9:00 AM Pacific)

IHS Director’s Advisory Workgroup on Tribal Consultation Meeting


Mar. 16, 2022 (12:00 PM Pacific)

DOJ Consultation on Violent Crime and MMIP

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Mar. 17, 2022 (11:00 AM Pacific)

CMS Tribal Leader Training Medicaid Waiver 101

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Mar. 17, 2022 (12:00 PM Pacific)

DSTAC Monthly Meeting


Mar. 23, 2022 (12:00 PM Pacific)

Veterans Affairs Tribal Representation Expansion Project Tribal Consultation

Registration Link

Mar. 24, 2022 (11:00 AM Pacific)

CMS Tribal Leader Training Medicaid State Tribal Collaboration

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Mar. 24-25, 2022

IHS Director’s Workgroup on Improving PRC

Visit our FHACT Tracker

Federal Health Agency and Congress Tracker (FHACT)) An ongoing list of Dear Tribal Leader Letters, Federal agency actions, and legislation introduced in the 117th Congress related to health.

COVID-19 Funding Tracker

An ongoing tracker of COVID-19 direct and set-aside funding for Tribes. Updated as of Aug. 2, 2021.

Appropriation Updates

Indian Health Service Advanced Appropriations Action Alert. We are requesting Northwest Tribes to urge Congress to include advanced appropriations for the Indian Health Service in the final FY 2022 appropriations bill. The federal government is currently funded under a continuing resolution through March 11, 2022. Congress is working on developing an FY 2022 omnibus appropriations package to include all FY 2022 appropriations bills.


House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Accepting Written Testimony. The House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee is accepting written testimony on FY 2023 appropriations until Mar. 10, 2022 no later than 2:00 pm Pacific. This Subcommittee has jurisdiction over Indian Health Service appropriations.

Tribal Consultation Updates

SAMHSA 42 CFR Part 2. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced they will host a Virtual Tribal Consultation on Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Patient Records, 42 CFR part 2 (Part 2) on Thursday, March 10th.


Veterans Affairs Tribal Representation Expansion Project (T. REP). Tribal Consultation announced via Dear Tribal Leader Letter on Feb. 15, 2022. In this project, the VA intends to focus on the Tribal communities that are underserved in terms of representation and gather input on claims representation in those communities.


IHS Health IT Modernization Tribal Consultation. IHS is hosting a tribal consultation on Mar. 10, 2022 at 11:00 AM Pacific to provide an update on the acquisition process to replace the Resource and Patient Management System and opportunities to participate in focus groups for subject matter experts. Written comments are due Apr. 10, 2022 to


IHS will be hosting additional consultation sessions on health IT modernization on the following dates: May 3, 2022 at 11 AM Pacific; Aug. 2, 2022 at 11 AM Pacific; and Nov. 1, 2022 at 11 AM Pacific.


U.S. Department of Justice Tribal Consultation on Supporting Public Safety for Tribal Communities. The DOJ is hosting government-to-government consultation on Mar. 16 and Mar. 17 at 12 PM Pacific to discuss efforts to address high rates of violent crime in Native communities, including those reflected in missing and murdered indigenous persons (MMIP). The Deputy Attorney General released a memorandum in establishing a Steering Committee to address the crisis of MMIP.

  • Registration link: Day 1 (Mar. 16) & Day 2 (Mar. 17); each day 12:00-1:30 PM Pacific
  • Written comments are due by Apr. 15, 2022 to

Administrative and Regulatory Updates

State of the Union Address. On Mar. 1, 2022, President Biden delivered his first State of the Union where he outlined a number of priorities related to health. President Biden announced his plan to improve safety and quality of care in nursing facilities to protect older Americans. He also outlined his unity agenda to beat the opioid epidemic, take on mental health especially among children, support veterans, and to end cancer.

White House Releases Bipartisan Infrastructure Law GuidebookThis Guidebook is intended to assist tribal, state, and local governments in reviewing funding available under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.

For more information:

Laura Platero, Executive Director

Lisa L. Griggs, Executive and Program Ops Assistant  

Candice Jimenez, Health Policy Specialist 

Liz Coronado, Health Policy Specialist

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