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Posted on Nov 26, 2014

IHS Bemidji Area Listening Session

IHS held a listening session with Tribes from the IHS Bemidji Area. Here are pictures from the session:

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Posted on Nov 25, 2014

IHS Albuquerque Area Consultation

I held a conference call with Tribes in the IHS Albuquerque Area during their consultation session with the Area. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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Posted on Nov 25, 2014

IHS Alaska Area Listening Session

IHS held a listening session with Tribes in the IHS Alaska Area. Here are pictures from the session:

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Posted on Nov 24, 2014

National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health

The IHS National Tribal Advisory Committee on Behavioral Health met in August. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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Posted on Nov 24, 2014

Southern California Youth Regional Treatment Center Groundbreaking

A groundbreaking ceremony was held in August for the Southern California Youth Regional Treatment Center. Here are pictures from the event:

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Posted on Oct 3, 2014

Affordable Care Act Exemption for Individuals Eligible for Services from an IHS Provider

This week I sent a letter to Tribes reporting that Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell made an announcement at last month’s Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee meeting that individuals eligible to receive health care from an Indian Health Service (IHS), tribal, or urban Indian health care provider will be able to claim an exemption from the shared responsibility payment through the tax filing process starting with the 2014 tax year. Please see letter [PDF - 23KB] and diagram [PDF - 80KB] for further information. We also posted a press release last week.

We are grateful to Secretary Burwell and the Treasury Department for helping make this important Tribal recommendation a reality!


Posted on Oct 3, 2014

Contract Support Costs Past Claims Settlement Update

IHS continues to make progress on settlement of past claims for Contract Support Costs (CSC). Here is a chart showing progress as of October 3, 2014, compared to baseline data in November 2013. Of note, we have settled 641 CSC past claims to date, for a value of $633 million. For Tribes with questions on the status of their past CSC claims, please contact your IHS Area Director.

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Posted on Sep 29, 2014

HHS Secretary Burwell Visit to IHS Headquarters

In July, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell visited IHS Headquarters and met with senior leadership, a group of employees in a small meeting, and employees in an all-hands meeting. Here are pictures from the event:

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Posted on Sep 29, 2014

Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting

The IHS Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee held its Quarterly Meeting in Washington, D.C., in July. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Running in Beauty for a Stronger Healthier Navajo Nation

I participated in the Running in Beauty for a Stronger Healthier Navajo Nation Event in July at the start of the event in Towaoc, CO. I was invited to participate in the kick-off event and walk by Navajo Nation Vice President Rex Lee Jim. The event is coordinated by the Navajo Nation Special Diabetes Project and is a week-long run and walk across the Navajo Nation. Here are pictures from the event:

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