HHS Tribal Consultation on Mandatory Funding. HHS is seeking input on mandatory funding approaches for the Indian Health Service and will be hosting consultation on Aug. 25, 2021 and Sep. 1, 2021 at 11:00 am Pacific.
HHS Region 10 Tribal Consultation was held Jun. 15-16, 2021. HHS Region 10 written testimony is due Friday, Sep. 3, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
HHS Announces Plan Starting Sep. 20 for Booster Shots for all US Adults 8 Months after their Second Dose of Pfizer and Moderna. This plan is subject to FDA conducting their independent evaluations on the safety and efficacy of the third dose and ACIP recommending the third dose.
HHS Announces New Office under OASH – ‘Office of Climate Change and Health Equity’ (OCCHE). The establishment of OCCHE is in response to President Biden’s Executive Order Tackling the Climate Crisis at Home and Abroad. The mission of this Office is to protect vulnerable communities from the impacts of pollution and climate-driven disasters.
105(l) Leases Tribal Consultation. IHS and BIA will be conducting tribal consultation on 105(l) lease requirements and payments on Friday, Aug. 27, 2021 at 10-1:00 pm Pacific.
Health IT Modernization Project Update. On Jul. 27, 2021, IHS posted the draft Statement of Objectives (SOO) to solicit information and sources for the Health IT Modernization Project. Yesterday IHS released a Dear Tribal Leader Letter on the request for tribal comment on the draft SOO.
Not Invisible Act Joint Commission on Reducing Violent Crime Against Indians. The Bureau of Indian Affairs is soliciting nominations from Tribes to serve on the Joint Commission to develop recommendations to the Secretary and Attorney General on actions the federal government can take to increase intergovernmental coordination to identify and combat violent crime in Indian Country.
CDC Eviction Moratorium Order in Areas of Substantial and High Transmission of COVID-19 vacated in recent U.S. Supreme Court Ruling. On Aug. 26, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an order vacating the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest eviction moratorium.
- State and local organizations, including Tribal communities are distributing federal rental assistance in their communities – assistance can cover rent, utilities, and other housing costs to keep people in their homes.
Link to find help with rent and utilities
CDC Tribal Consultation on Tribal Consultation Policy CDC conducted tribal consultation on Aug. 5, 2021 to receive input and guidance on improving the current CDC/ATSDR Tribal Consultation Policy.
CMS released State Health Official Letter that provides guidance on extension of 100% FMAP for urbans and Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems. The extension is only available for eight fiscal quarters beginning Apr. 1, 2021 and ending Mar. 31, 2023; 100 percent FMAP for services received through these entities are retroactive to Apr. 1, 2021.
See ‘Section 3: Section 9815 of the ARP – Extension of 100 percent FMAP to Urban Indian Health Organizations and Native Hawaiian Health Care Systems’
Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule. CMS released a proposed rule on Jul. 23, 2021 that expands certain telehealth services currently allowed during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency, includes Part B payment issues, solicits comments on tribal FQHC payments and vaccine administration, and proposes other Medicare payment policy changes.
Comments are due Sep. 13, 2021.
HRSA Health & Public Safety Workforce Resiliency TA Center Funding Opportunity. The purpose of this program is to provide tailored training and technical assistance (TA) to HRSA’s health workforce resiliency grant recipients to establish, enhance and expand the capacity and infrastructure to rapidly deploy evidence-informed or evidence-based innovative strategies that promote mental and behavioral health, prevent suicide, as well as reduce burnout and substance use among providers, health care professionals, health care students, residents, professionals, paraprofessionals, trainees, public safety officers and employers of such individuals, collectively known as the “Health Workforce”. These health workforce resiliency grant recipients have a special focus on the Health Workforce in rural and medically underserved communities.
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women 16th Annual Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation was held last week.
Written comments are due on Sep. 20, 2021.