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Email - IHS Director's Blog, Posted February 5, 2015, FY 2016 President's Budget

From: Coleman, Travis (IHS/CAL)
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2015 10:26 AM
Subject: IHS Director's Blog, Posted February 5, 2015 FY 2016 President's Budget

Dear Tribal Leaders and Program Directors,

On behalf of Ms. Beverly Miller, Acting Director, California Area Indian Health Service.

These excerpts were posted on the IHS Director’s Blog this morning:

Posted on Feb 5, 2015

FY 2016 President’s Budget

The White House released a fact sheet [PDF - 82KB] today that summarizes the FY 2016 President’s Budget, which proposes a $1.5 billion increase over the FY 2015 enacted level for a wide range of programs that serve Tribes. HHS also developed a fact sheet [PDF - 454KB] that summarizes the proposed budget for the Department of Health and Human Services. The summary includes IHS and additional investments in other HHS operating divisions, including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the Administration for Children and Families.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015

$460 Million Budget Increase Proposed for Indian Health Service

The President’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget that was released on February 2 includes a 9.9% percent increase for the Indian Health Service (IHS), for a total budget authority of $5.1 billion. This represents a $460 million increase over the IHS FY 2015 appropriation. The total program level amount proposed for IHS, including the budget authority, estimated third-party collections, and reauthorization of the Special Diabetes Program for Indians, is $6.4 billion.

The proposed budget includes $25 million for IHS to fund more behavioral health providers and services for Native youth as a part of the Tribal Behavioral Health for Native Youth initiative, which is part of the President’s recently announced federal-wide Generation Indigenous Initiative to help improve lives and opportunities for Native youth.

Some other highlights of this proposed budget include:

  • $185 million total to complete construction on the Gila River Health Center in Chandler, AZ, and to begin construction at the Salt River Health Center in AZ; the Rapid City Health Center in SD; and the Dilkon Alternative Rural Health Center in AZ.
  • An additional $35 million for maintenance and improvement of facilities and an additional $35 million for sanitation facilities construction.
  • An additional $55 million to continue fully funding the estimated need for Contract Support Costs (CSC) in FY 2016. Also included is a proposal to move CSC from the discretionary appropriation to a mandatory appropriation in FY 2017, as a long-term solution to fully funding CSC without impacting program budgets.
  • An additional $70 million to help obtain health care from the private sector through the Purchased/Referred Care program. This program allows for the purchase of essential health care services that the IHS and Tribes do not provide in their local facilities.
  • An additional $147 million increase to address medical inflation, population growth and pay costs.
  • Increases for additional staffing for newly constructed facilities, improving third party collections, and health information technology.

If the budget is enacted, it would mean the IHS budget has increased 53 percent since FY 2008.

For more information, the IHS Congressional Justification is available at: The Department of Health and Human Service Budget in Brief includes a summary of the IHS budget and is available at Disclaimer: You Are Leaving

Travis A. Coleman
Indian Health Service