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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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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Bar graph showing IHS CSC claims settlement progress.


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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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell at IHS Headquarters, July 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell at IHS Headquarters, July 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell at IHS Headquarters, July 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell at IHS Headquarters, July 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell at IHS Headquarters, July 2014


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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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting, July 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Tribal Self-Governance Advisory Committee Quarterly Meeting, July 2014


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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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Running in Beauty for a Stronger Healthier Navajo Nation Event, July 2014
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Running in Beauty for a Stronger Healthier Navajo Nation Event, July 2014


Posted on Sep 26, 2014

Navajo IHS Area Listening Session

I held a listening session with the Tribes in the Navajo IHS Area. Here are pictures from the listening session.

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Navajo IHS Area Listening Session
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Posted on Sep 25, 2014

Tribal Delegation Meetings in July

Tribal Delegation Meetings were held in July with the Gila River Health Care Corporation and the Colorado River Indian Tribe. Here are pictures from the meetings:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Dr. Roubideaux with the Gila River Health Care Corporation Delegates
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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Mr. McSwain and Dr. Weahkee  with the Colorado River Indian Tribe Delegates


Posted on Sep 25, 2014

California Indian Health Conference

I attended the first California Indian Health Conference in Sacramento, CA, in July. This conference was hosted by the California Rural Indian Health Board. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - California Indian Health Conference in Sacramento, CA
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Posted on Sep 24, 2014

Tucson IHS Area Listening Session

I held a listening session with Tribes in the Tucson IHS Area in July. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Tucson IHS Area Listening Session, July 2014
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Posted on Sep 24, 2014

Direct Service Tribes Annual Conference

I attended the Direct Service Tribes Annual Conference in July in Albuquerque, NM. The meeting focused on issues important to Tribes that are served directly by the IHS. The IHS Direct Service Tribes also held their quarterly meeting before the conference. Here are pictures from the meeting:

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    Thumbnail - clicking will open full size image - Direct Service Tribes Annual Conference, July 2014 in Albuquerque, NM
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