Policy Overview

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) conducts health policy and legislative analysis on health care and budget issues affecting Indian health programs. The Board analyzes the Indian Health Service budget and other health care financing programs that impact Indian health care programs. NPAIHB also prepares Congressional testimony for health care financing and other important health policy issues at the federal and state levels. Click on the respective links to access detailed information about each aspect.

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There is a “legal and political relationship” between the United States and Indian Tribes, which establishes a federal responsibility to provide health services to Indian people.  This federal obligation is established in the US Constitution, through treaties and Presidential Executive Orders entered into between the United States and Indian Tribes.  This obligation has been affirmed through numerous court decisions, legislation, and policy declarations by Presidential Administrations.  This federal relationship forms the legal and moral foundation for the creation of health policies between the United States and Indian Tribes.

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board is dedicated to upholding the responsibility of the United States to provide health services to Indian people under the federal trust relationship by:

  • Advocating and educating Congressional representatives on treaty rights and how such rights relate to health care in Indian Country.
  • Developing an Annual Legislative plan to provide recommendations on the President’s annual budget and other health care financing programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Tracking legislation and other important health policy issues that affect the delivery of health care to American Indian and Alaska Native people.
  • Finally, facilitating consultation between state and federal agencies and Tribal leaders on health policy issues in order to understand respective concerns to make important decisions on programs and services that effect Indian people.

To learn about Senate Bills and House Reports that may affect American Indian and Alaska Native people in the Northwest read on, or visit Resolutions.

See the Senate Indian Affairs Committee and the House Resources SubCommittee on Indian and alaska Native Affairs for a list of legislation that impacts Indian programs. Pending legislation can be tracked using the Floor Activity weekly feature of Thomas.

 

The most recent Federal policy updates:

Name Date Size Hits
03 Aoki SUPP May 4, 2017 0.2 MiB 320
2007 Legislative Plan – February 14, 2007 April 5, 2016 69 KiB 245
u April 5, 2016 0.3 MiB 367
2016 12 09 ACA Letter February 17, 2017 0.1 MiB 186
55865-1 Draft IHSCircularNo2016-08 TribalPremiumSponsorship July 19, 2016 53 KiB 686
55865-2 DTLLTribalPremiumSponsorship07182016 July 19, 2016 39 KiB 408
56995-1-DTLL-IHS-VAInteragencyAgreement-1 January 10, 2017 0.7 MiB 307
58580-1 DTLL SAP OEHE 08252017 August 28, 2017 92 KiB 279
58862-1 Chairman Barton SIGNED 12-8-17 December 11, 2017 0.8 MiB 199
7 Jim Roberts Legislative Update – October 23 2015 May 23, 2016 0.2 MiB 738
NIHB Health Care Litigation Update (9-13-16) September 19, 2016 0.9 MiB 275
AIHC Agenda August 24th 2017 Delegates Meeting August 22, 2017 0.2 MiB 380
CHAP DTLL 01042017 January 10, 2017 97 KiB 202
CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Webinar June 19, 2017 64 KiB 367
CMS Medicaid And CHIP Managed Care Proposed Rule Comments January 14- 2019 January 15, 2019 0.4 MiB 7
Dear Tribal Leader Letter CHAP Expansion June 16, 2016 78 KiB 596
DHAT Fact Sheets And Reports Links July 25, 2016 1.4 MiB 514
DSTAC Draft Agenda May 2017 April 11, 2017 42 KiB 199
DRAFT AGENDA TOPICS SG Conference Jan 30 February 4, 2019 0.9 MiB 4
DSTAC TSGAC Sep 14 Letter Response 10 October 25, 2017 47 KiB 143
DTLL And UIO Leader Letter On IHS Funds Final 3-28-17 March 29, 2017 0.8 MiB 168
DTLL CSC 04132018 April 20, 2018 0.1 MiB 22
DTLL DUIOLL 05102017 May 12, 2017 0.1 MiB 324
DTLL FY18 IHCIFAllocations 08172018 August 20, 2018 0.2 MiB 10
DTLL SDPI 04132018 April 20, 2018 0.1 MiB 19

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB or Board) understands the significance of tracking appropriations for the Indian Health Service (IHS) budget.  The IHS budget is the most important source of funding for Indian health programs, and is a recognized obligation of the federal government to provide health services to Indian people.

NPAIHB continues a long-standing tradition of close scrutiny of the IHS budget that began in the 1980s.  The federal trust responsibility and the relationship between Tribes and the federal government, by definition, require a partnership in developing the IHS budget.  Northwest Tribes are dedicated to this partnership by creating an Annual Budget Analysis and Recommendations Report as well as tracking appropriations to IHS programs.

The most recent IHS Budget updates:

 

Name Date Size Hits
2004 Legislative Plan – FINAL On March 6, 2004 June 14, 2016 0.1 MiB 502
2020 Budget Formulation Deliverables November 1, 2017 0.1 MiB 311
2020-Budget Formulation Support Docs November 1, 2017 0.7 MiB 313
55865-1 Draft IHSCircularNo2016-08 TribalPremiumSponsorship July 19, 2016 53 KiB 686
55865-2 DTLLTribalPremiumSponsorship07182016 July 19, 2016 39 KiB 408
7 Jim Roberts Legislative Update – October 23 2015 May 23, 2016 0.2 MiB 738
Agenda – FY 2021 PAO IHS Budget Formulation Meeting October 24, 2018 2.4 MiB 12
DTLL Signed Letter February 16, 2018 0.2 MiB 204
Final 15th Annual IHS Budget Analysis And Recommendations June 14, 2016 0.4 MiB 458
FY 2008 Budget Analysis – FINAL April 15, 2007 April 6, 2016 0.2 MiB 384
FY 2009 Budget Analysis – Final March 17, 2008 April 6, 2016 0.8 MiB 371
FY 2020 PA Budget Submission Summary HANDOUT October 24, 2018 53 KiB 7
The HHS Region 10 April 6, 2016 0.1 MiB 403
National Tribal Budget Workgroup Testimony – FY 2019 FINAL June 15, 2017 4.0 MiB 667
NPAIHB Letter To IHS On 97-3 Option 5-18-18 Final May 23, 2018 0.3 MiB 26
NPAIHB POLICY BRIEF April 6, 2016 0.1 MiB 437
tax cuts estimated at $900 billion over five years will remove resources available to fund government April 6, 2016 40 KiB 293
tax cuts estimated at $900 billion over five years will remove resources available to fund government April 6, 2016 40 KiB 276
tax cuts estimated at $900 billion over five years will remove resources available to fund government April 6, 2016 40 KiB 377
Portland Area – FY 2019 Budget Formulation Presentation HQ June 15, 2017 0.1 MiB 278
Portland Area – FY2019 Budget Narrative June 15, 2017 0.1 MiB 437
Portland Area – FY2019 Final Budget Worksheet June 15, 2017 61 KiB 478
TAB 2 – FY 2021 Area Instructions Package October 24, 2018 0.8 MiB 6
TAB 3 -National Budget Worksheets Guidance And Budget Line Descriptions October 24, 2018 0.2 MiB 7
TAB 3 -National Budget Worksheets Guidance And Budget Line Descriptions October 24, 2018 0.2 MiB 5

The most recent Portland Area Facilities (PAFAC) updates:

Name Date Size Hits
9 RSRC – A Fact Sheet 2018 Update May 11, 2018 0.1 MiB 18
Pilot Study Interim PAFAC Report 30-Oct-09 May 11, 2018 5.5 MiB 27
Regional Center Fact Sheet And FAQs – September 2, 2010 May 11, 2018 0.3 MiB 17

The most recent policy issues for Oregon:

Name Date Size Hits
1115 Renewal-Tribal Consultation Letter-March 16, 2016 April 6, 2016 1.5 MiB 360
333-010 Notice Of Rulemaking 09-25-18 September 27, 2018 0.1 MiB 15
Consultation Summary 11-30-11 June 9, 2016 98 KiB 375
Copy Of OHA Contacts For Tribes 10-28-16 November 1, 2016 34 KiB 1048
December 2011 June 9, 2016 0.2 MiB 358
Draft CCO Implementation Plan 12-09-11 June 9, 2016 1.7 MiB 598
FW CCO RAC Stakeholders List Update Request September 13, 2018 61 KiB 9
FW Oregon Dept Of Human Services – APD Rules Advisory Committee (RAC) Updates September 13, 2018 62 KiB 11
FW Oregon Health Authority To Present At OrOHC Fall Conference September 13, 2018 76 KiB 11
Governor Brown’s Health Care Agenda September 25, 2018 0.2 MiB 9
Health Care Agenda 9.7.18 FINAL September 13, 2018 0.2 MiB 11
NPAIHB Comments On SB 99 – March 28 2011 (2) June 9, 2016 0.2 MiB 360
Oregon Tribal Leaders Letter to ODA July 28, 2017 0.4 MiB 352
OHA Budget-reductions2011-13 June 9, 2016 57 KiB 462
OR HIX Board Packet 12 9 11 June 9, 2016 4.7 MiB 420
Oregon Access Monitoring Review Plan November 1, 2016 0.7 MiB 521
Oregon Insurance Exchange Proposal Workplan – June 29 2011 June 9, 2016 69 KiB 287
RAC Notification 10.4.18 Teledentistry September 21, 2018 28 KiB 9
SB738 March 14, 2017 57 KiB 472
Tele-dentistry Administrative Rules V5 9-12-18 KMS September 21, 2018 20 KiB 9
Tribal Consultation And Urban Indian Health Program Confer Policy-Signed 3 March 2, 2018 3.5 MiB 159
Workgroup-cco-charter June 9, 2016 79 KiB 548
Workgroup-global-budget-charter June 9, 2016 0.2 MiB 404
Workgroup-medicare-medicaid-integration-charter June 9, 2016 78 KiB 530
Workgroup-outcomes-quality-efficiency-charter June 9, 2016 0.1 MiB 534

The most recent policy issues for Idaho:

Name Date Size Hits
11-3-2016 Tribal Medicaid DRAFT Minutes (3) January 25, 2017 0.4 MiB 483
11-8-2017 Idaho Tribes DRAFT Minutes – Rfb January 29, 2018 0.3 MiB 198
12-293 Tribal Solicitation Health Care Acquired Conditions April 6, 2016 0.5 MiB 273
12-463 Tribal Soliciation – Primary Care Physician Codes April 6, 2016 0.4 MiB 257
12-476 Tribal Solicitation -School Based Services April 6, 2016 0.5 MiB 362
13-116 Tribal Notice PRTF SPA April 6, 2016 78 KiB 335
13-123 1115 Demonstration Waiver Amendments April 6, 2016 0.4 MiB 242
16-090 Tribal Letter SPA 16-0006 PCS April 6, 2016 0.3 MiB 203
16-167 Tribal Notice For RAC June 13, 2016 0.3 MiB 377
17-0001 Base Benchmark Plan Alignment Tribal Notice January 24, 2017 0.3 MiB 162
17-0002 Tribal Notice For 2017 COLA January 26, 2017 0.3 MiB 198
17-0003 Tribal Notice For Covered Outpatient Drugs February 23, 2017 0.3 MiB 169
17-066 Tribal Notice For A-D Adult DD Waiver Renewals March 9, 2017 0.4 MiB 218
17-088 Tribal Notice For Childrens DD March 31, 2017 0.4 MiB 188
17-226 Tribal Notice For IHS Four Walls October 30, 2017 41 KiB 230
17-229 Tribal Notice 1915i HCBS Adult DD SPA October 30, 2017 0.6 MiB 101
17-230 Tribal Notice 1915c Adult DD & A&D Waiver Amendments Reshab October 30, 2017 0.5 MiB 99
17-255 Tribal Notice DME SPA January 2, 2018 33 KiB 174
18-001 Tribal Notice IDEA ITP SPA January 31, 2018 41 KiB 166
18-0014 Medicaid Adult Expansion To ABP SPA Tribal Notice FINAL Sign December 19, 2018 1.9 MiB 8
1915bIBHPWorkgroup Tribal Ltr MW May 24, 2017 0.3 MiB 153
2-22-2018 Idaho Tribes DRAFT Minutes May 10, 2018 46 KiB 46
A-D Waiver Amendment Tribal Notice November 3, 2017 0.6 MiB 162
Adult DD 1915i HCBS Tribal Notice September 28, 2017 0.4 MiB 163
Agenda – July 31 2007 (2) April 6, 2016 68 KiB 252

The most recent policy issues for Washington:

Name Date Size Hits
16-087 HCBS Transition Plan Tribal Notice April 5, 2016 0.3 MiB 578
5079-S SL March 14, 2017 64 KiB 383
AIHC CR 102 Redline Changes (Final-04-10-14) April 5, 2016 34 KiB 451
AIHC Dear Tribal Leaders OIC QHP Letter 4-10-14 April 5, 2016 0.4 MiB 712
Dental Proviso Report Follow Up 122016 January 3, 2017 1.0 MiB 232
FAQ SSB 5079 Final March 16, 2017 0.4 MiB 834
Final Washington Tribes SB 5079 Support Letter February 22, 2017 0.4 MiB 420
Gov Inslee Finance Dem Medicaid Letter February 17, 2017 0.5 MiB 207
Letter-to-Governors-and-Commissioners February 17, 2017 1.1 MiB 346
American Indian Health Commission for Washington State April 5, 2016 0.1 MiB 559
Nov 2007 AgendaDraft April 5, 2016 0.1 MiB 395
Senate Finance Attachment, 02152017 February 17, 2017 0.3 MiB 335
Senate Finance Committee, Response Letter, 02152017 February 17, 2017 57 KiB 343
Sept 2007 MinutesDraft April 5, 2016 0.1 MiB 386
Dear Interested Partners: April 5, 2016 0.6 MiB 1135

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